Rail Freight Transport in Australia: Market Research Report

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

Gathering speed: Forecast increases in mining output are expected to drive demand

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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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 grew. Industry revenue is expected to increase by an annualised 4.6% 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 in Queensland during 2010-11 slowed growth during the period. In 2013-14, revenue is forecast to grow by 1.7% to $7.3 billion.

Historically, the industry has been run by the states, with a primary focus on transporting resources to ports for export markets... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Industry concentration is most pronounced within the bulk freight markets. Many Australian railways were built to transport export commodities such as mineral ores or grain to port, not to facilitate interstate trade. As a result, the industry is concentrated in states with mature mining industries or large agricultural crops. In Queensland, rail networks serve the sugar and mining industries within the state. In Western Australia, most establishments are involved in transporting minerals from mines to ports for export. New South Wales represents a smaller portion of intermodal transport, with the rail industry support by heavy demand from bulk coal transport in the Hunter Valley... purchase to read more


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What is the Rail Freight Transport Industry?

Companies in this industry are primarily engaged in operating railways for the transportation of freight. The industry does not include 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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