Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
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. 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 increased output to offset declining prices for mined products and falls in investment. Industry revenue is forecast to rise at an annualised 2.1% over the five years through 2016-17, to reach $8.0 billion... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
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. Typical bulk commodities transported by the industry include coal, metalliferous minerals and grain... purchase to read more