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Sustainability, technology, and geopolitical challenges are top supply chain risks for $9.7 trillion transport and logistics industry: Lloyd’s and WTW report

10 Jan 2024

  • Lloyd’s Futureset’s ‘On the move: Rethinking transport and logistics supply chains’ – highlights supply chain challenges and insurance opportunities for the $9.7trn transport and logistics industry
  • The report examines the sector’s supply chain risk landscape and outlines steps that (re)insurers and transportation and logistics companies can take together to build long term resilience against supply chain risk, supporting an industry which underpins $89trn of global trade
  • The analysis is based on surveys and interviews with over 175 global practitioners operating in the transportation and logistics and insurance sector, and aims to spark product innovation through outlining the opportunities to develop new supply chain solutions 

Lloyd’s, the world’s leading marketplace for commercial, corporate and specialty risk solutions has today published a new report - On the move - which explores the biggest threats to supply chains in transportation and logistics – an industry which underpins $89bn of global trade and has a market value of $9.7trn USD.

The supply chain disruption experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and more recently in relation to ongoing geopolitical conflict, has highlighted the fragility of supply chains to global impacts, and the importance of building resilience into risk management solutions.

The report, delivered in collaboration with WTW found that whilst over 90% of transport and logistics companies surveyed agree that insurance for supply chain risk is critical, 77% said a lack of access to supply chain insurance solutions, and a lack of data to understand these risks was among the greatest challenges to their businesses.

Transportation and logistics companies have heavily invested in risk management practices and integrated technology solutions. This growing focus represents a significant opportunity for increased collaboration and innovation between transportation and logistics companies and insurers to strengthen recovery capabilities, improve resilience and use new data sources to improve the visibility of supply chain related exposures.

"We will continue to work with our market and global partners, supported by convening platforms such as Lloyd’s Futureset and Lloyd’s Lab, to provide innovative, sustainable insurance solutions that support our customers in the key challenges they face today and tomorrow. Through this report series we hope to promote greater collaboration between customers and insurers to build better risk resilience across sectors and minimise the impact of supply chain threats that hold up global trade.”
Rebekah Clement, Corporate Affairs Director, Lloyd’s
“This report offers real insight into the supply chain challenges facing the industry in today's uncertain economic and geopolitical climate. Transportation and logistics companies are taking steps to mitigate these challenges – whether that’s sharing assets or collaborating with technology companies – and further opportunities to collaborate must be identified to reduce risk, maximise efficiencies and minimise disruption within the supply chain. For the perceived insurance gaps, they are looking to the insurance industry to partner with and resolve. There are clear opportunities available for insurers, transport and logistics operators and brokers to enhance understanding of changing business models, and partner on insurance and risk management solutions that meet the sector’s needs.”
Anthony Monaghan, Transportation Leader GB, WTW

Notes to Editors

  1. Lloyd’s and WTW have collaborated on a three-part series exploring supply chain risk for industries that are critical to global trade: Food and drink, semiconductor chips, transport and logistics. On the move, published today is the final report in the series.
  2. The global transport and logistics industry is estimated to have a market value of $9.7 trillion USD and is the largest industry of the three explored.
  3. Behind this report are the surveys and interviews over 175 risk professionals from across the global transport and logistics industry. These perspectives have provided real-life, practical insights into the challenges that companies are facing now, and what they expect to face in the future.
  4. The impacts of disruption on supply chains could severely affect transportation and logistics companies’ ability to keep goods moving across road, rail, air and sea, identified by eight key supply chain drivers: sustainability, decarbonisation and environmental, social and governance (ESG); technology; labour; business model; regulation; and global trade, geopolitics and geoeconomic risk.
  5. Futureset is Lloyd’s global platform and community dedicated to driving greater societal and economic resilience to the world’s most challenging risks. By bringing together diverse perspectives, and through cutting-edge risk insight, intelligence, and cross-industry dialogue on the most complex and fast-changing risks faced by communities, businesses and countries, Lloyd’s Futureset aims to build greater societal understanding and collaboration to find solutions and support greater preparedness, protection and resilience.
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