Rail Freight Transport in Australia: Market Research Report

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Rail Freight Transport Market Research Report | ANZSIC I4710 | Jul 2014

On track: Continued mining output will fuel demand for bulk freight services

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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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Structural reform and infrastructure investment have fuelled the Rail Freight Transport industry as demand for bulk transport has grown. Industry revenue is expected to increase by an annualised 5.2% over the five years through 2013-14. Increased downstream demand from mining has driven this growth as exports of coal and iron ore rose. While revenue growth has been generally solid, a decrease in intermodal traffic over 2008-09 and flooding of coalmines in Queensland during 2010-11 affected the industry's performance during the period. In 2013-14, revenue is forecast to grow by 4.5% to $7.5 billion.

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

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The main barriers to entry in the industry involve capital requirements, staffing, regulation and access. New entrants need funding to buy or lease expensive equipment, to purchase access to rail networks and attract appropriately skilled staff. The substantial cost of rolling stock and the difficulty in attracting suitable staff are compounded by the substantial economies of scale involved in the industry. In order to maximise profitability, operators need to also maximise services, given the substantial rail access fees. This in turn increases the requirement for further equipment and trained staff. Legislative compliance also remains high. Route accreditation is required before track owners offer train paths... 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 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 transportNon-bulk rail freight transport

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