In their different ways, China and the UK were the leading parcel generators of 2021, according to the seventh Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index of 13 major markets around the world.
While China became the first country to generate more than 100 billion parcels in a year – 108 billion parcels, up 30% from 83 billion in 2020 – the UK had the highest per capita rate of 80 parcels per person, up from 74 in 2020.
Parcel volumes increased in all regions covered by the report, reaching a total of 159 billion (up 21%, from 131.2 billion parcels in 2020), with an average of 41 parcels per capita or 137 parcels per household.
Respective UK figures are 5.4 billion parcels (up 9%, from 5 billion in 2020), with an average of 80 parcels per capita or 192 parcels per household.
The Index predicts continued growth in parcel volumes from 2022 to 2027, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of between 5.5% and 11.5%, resulting in volumes of between 216 billion and 300 billion by 2027.