Rail Freight Transport in Australia: Market Research Report

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Rail Freight Transport Market Research Report | ANZSIC I4710 | Feb 2016

On the right track: Steady mining demand for bulk freight transport boosts industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Rail Freight Transport market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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The Rail Freight Transport industry has expanded over the past five years due to increased downstream demand from miners, as coal and iron ore export volumes have risen. Industry profitability is strongest when heavy commodities are carried over long distances, as long-distance travel presents rail transport with a strong advantage in economies of scale and fuel efficiency. The bulk freight segment has strengthened over the past five years, as the Mining division shifted from a boom in prices (and investment) to a boom in output. Industry revenue is forecast to rise at a compound annual rate of 4.0% over the five years through 2015-16, to reach $8.1 billion. A substantial fall in the world price of iron ore in 2014-15 is projected to slow industry growth to 2.4% in 2015-16... purchase to read more

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The Rail Freight Transport industry primarily moves large quantities of heavy products over long distances. This bulk freight service usually carries homogeneous products such as coal, iron ore or grain. The industry also carries non-bulk freight, such as containerised goods, although this segment faces strong competition from road freight operators. Over the past five years, bulk freight services have grown strongly, dominating the industry due to significant economies of scale and the prevalence of direct routes to ports.

Over the five years through 2015-16, industry revenue is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 4.0%... 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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