Rail Freight Transport in Australia: Market Research Report

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Rail Freight Transport Market Research Report | ANZSIC I4710 | Feb 2015

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Annual Growth 15-20
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Infrastructure investment has fuelled growth in the Rail Freight Transport industry, as demand for bulk transport has grown. Industry revenue is expected to increase by an annualised 4.0% over the five years through 2014-15. Increased downstream demand from mining has driven this growth, as exports of coal and iron ore have risen. While revenue growth has been generally solid, the flooding of coalmines in Queensland during 2010-11 and falling demand from some mining customers in 2013-14 affected the industry's performance during those years. In 2014-15, revenue is projected to grow by 2.8% to $7.6 billion.

Historically, the industry was owned and run by state governments, with a primary focus on transporting resources to ports for export... purchase to read more

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The industry has a high level of concentration, with the top four players generating an estimated 87.6% of industry revenue in 2014-15. Demand for bulk haulage of minerals, a market in which the two largest players are particularly active, has increased significantly over the past five years. By contrast, activity in intermodal freight markets has been subdued.

Industry concentration is expected to increase in the next five years as Aurizon Holdings Limited expands its operations, especially in New South Wales, to compete nationally. High cost barriers to entry ensure there are minimal new entrants to compete with the major players... purchase to read more


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What is the Rail Freight Transport Industry?

Companies in the industry primarily operate railways for freight transportation. The industry does not include the operation of rail freight terminals or private railroads operated in-house for the transportation of goods.

Industry Products
Bulk freight transportNon-bulk freight transport
Industry Activities
Bulk rail freight transportationNon-bulk rail freight transportation

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