Rail Freight Transport in Australia: Market Research Report

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

Chugging along: Steady demand for bulk freight transport continues to underpin industry growth

The Rail Freight Transport market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Rail Freight Transport industry has grown strongly over the past five years, driven by increased downstream demand from mining as exports of coal and iron ore have risen. Industry profitability is strongest when heavy commodities are carried over long distances, as this leverages the economies of scale and fuel efficiency of rail transport. Over the past five years, the bulk freight segment has strengthened, as the mining sector shifted from a boom in prices to a boom in output. Industry revenue is therefore forecast to rise at a compound annual rate of 4.4% over the five years through 2015-16, to reach $8.2 billion. A substantial fall in the world price of iron ore in 2014-15 is projected to slow industry growth to 2.9% in 2015-16... purchase to read more

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The main areas of industry activity are segmented according to the type of freight being transported: bulk and non-bulk. Australia is home to a range of dedicated railways servicing the Mining division and the Agriculture subdivision. These railways were built to move tradeable output to port as directly and quickly as possible. Interstate connections to facilitate trade were built later than export-orientated railways and still play a smaller role than dedicated bulk railways.

Bulk freight transport

Bulk freight transport involves moving homogeneous goods in custom wagons. These wagons are designed to maximise volumes carried rather than ease transhipment. Typical bulk commodities transported by the industry include coal, metalliferous minerals and grain... 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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