Sea Logistics

billion CHF
net turnover in 2020

million TEU in 2020

seafreight specialists

No. 1

Kuehne+Nagel is the global number 1 in Sea Logistics. 10,400 seafreight experts worldwide enable Kuehne+Nagel customers to enjoy reliable sea transport on all major trade routes and 63,000 port connections. The focus is on full container loads (FCL) and partial loads (LCL), refrigerated and fresh produce transports as well as project logistics. Over 750 weekly connections and a variety of connection options in a cross-shipowner, independent network guarantee a flexible and reliable service.

Innovative, digital information solutions such as Seaexplorer ensure full visibility and support supply chains tailored to individual customer needs – regardless of company size.

In 2020, Kuehne+Nagel handled 4.5 million standard containers (TEU) in Sea Logistics, the Company’s largest business unit by revenue. In the 2020 financial year, Kuehne+Nagel consolidated its market-leading position in Sea Logistics. Net turnover amounted to CHF 7.1 billion and EBIT to CHF 423 million.

in CHF million 2020 2019 2018
Turnover 8,973 9,751 9,366
Net turnover 7,091 7,457 7,129
Gross profit 1,417 1,539 1,482
EBITDA 451 485 441
EBIT 423 456 418
EBIT in per cent of gross profit 29.9 29.6 28.2
TEU in 1,000 4,529 4,861 4,690
Number of operating staff 10,393 10,535 10,025

Seaexplorer from Kuehne+Nagel maintains supply chains

In spring 2020, Kuehne+Nagel launched an enhanced version of its Seaexplorer online platform. Transparency is crucial, especially in a volatile market environment and particularly for companies shipping by sea. An unfortunate feature of the logistics industry is a high number of cancelled sailings on various routes. Seaexplorer offers accurate forecasts of actual sailing for the coming weeks in
addition to detailed overviews of the CO2 emissions of each individual service and port connection. The online platform is thus an important part of Kuehne+Nagel's Net Zero Carbon programme.