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

IBISWorld’s Rail Freight Transport market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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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 - Industry Products Chapter

The main areas of industry activity are segmented according to the type of freight: bulk or non-bulk. Australia is home to a number of dedicated railways servicing the Mining division and the Agriculture subdivision. These services 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 homogenous 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 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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