10 International Contenders in Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical Logistics 2013

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The growing pharmceutical market in the Asia Pacific is attracting an array of international pharmaceutical logistics providers.

In this article we highlight 10 of the key international pharmaceutical logistics players operating in the region.

International Logistics Providers


Established in Kuwait in 1979, Agility became the Middle East's largest logistics provider by 2004.

Last year, the company turned a profit of KD34.3 million (£78.5 million), 27 per cent up on 2011.


CEVA has existed in its current form since August 2007, following the merger of TNT Logistics and EGL.

It has more than 50,000 people working at 1,200 sites worldwide and recently launched a new railway service linking the Netherlands to Suzhou in China.


Part of Danish shipping giant Maersk, Damco manages more than 2.7 million 20ft equivalent units of ocean freight and supply chain management volumes every year, along with over 210,000 tonnes of air freight.

In March 2013, the company participated in a conference that explored ways to link Asia to emerging markets.

DB Schenker

The transportation and logistics arm of Deutsche Bahn, DB Schenker contributed over half of the wider group's total income with revenues of about €20.3 billion (£17.3 billion) last year.

It recently won a contract to open Swarovski's first regional distribution centre in Singapore.

Deutsche Post DHL

Deutsche Post DHL is the world's largest courier company, with some 475,000 employees in over 220 countries.

In January 2013, the provider secured a long-term contract with Panasonic to take end-to-end responsibility of the Japanese electronics firm's UK supply chain.


In Asia, FedEx employs over 17,000 people and has stations in all major cities across the continent, with a main hub in Guangzhou, China.

FedEx Express recently boosted its Hong Kong operations with the launch of a zero-emission all-electric vehicle fleet.

Kuehne + Nagel

Kuehne + Nagel was founded in Bremen, Germany, in 1890 and has grown into a leading logistics provider, with operations encompassing air, sea, road and rail networks.

It has offices in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia and many other locations in the Asia Pacific region.


In September 2012, Swiss forwarding and logistics provider Panalpina launched three direct less-than-container-load services from Asia to Europe, guaranteeing links from Singapore to Prague and Budapest and from Shanghai to Graz, Austria.

The company transported 801,000 tons of air freight last year.

TNT Express

TNT Express, which employs over 9,200 people in China, reported stronger performance in the Asia Pacific region in its results for the third quarter of 2012.

The company's global operations use more than 68,600 employees in over 200 countries.


At the beginning of 2013, UPS expanded in China with the launch of a domestic express shipping service offering door-to-door deliveries within one to two business days in cities including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin.

Famous for its brown vans, the American company delivered over 4.1 billion packages and documents in 2012.

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