Our air, ocean and overland freight forwarding services not only include standardised transports but also multimodal and sector-specific solutions as well as individualised industrial projects.
Compared with other divisions, our operating business model is asset-light, as it is based upon the brokerage of transport services between our customers and freight carriers. Our global presence and network allow us to offer efficient routing and multimodal transports.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the worldwide freight tonne kilometres flown during the reporting year grew by 3.8 %. Despite weak demand, capacities continue to grow, especially on passenger planes. Furthermore, low fuel prices are providing an incentive to put former cargo planes back into operation. With around 2.1 million transported export freight tonnes, we remained the air freight market leader in 2015, as shown in the following table.
The ocean freight market underwent significant changes in 2016, one of which was the insolvency of the Korean shipping company Hanjin. Nonetheless, the market grew moderately. Volume growth was driven primarily by the routes between the Asia Pacific region and Europe, which experienced capacity problems, particularly towards the end of the year. Overall, surplus capacities continue to shape the container ship market. Freight carriers are attempting to adjust to this situation through mergers and alliances. With around 2.9 million transported twenty-foot equivalent units, we remained the second-largest provider of ocean freight services in 2015, as shown in the following table.
The European road transport market grew again slightly in the reporting year, after being virtually stagnant in the prior year. Oil prices fell again, whilst volumes increased in many European countries. In what continues to be a competitive environment, DHL remained the second-largest provider in 2015 with a market share of 2.2 %.