Road Freight Transport in Australia: Market Research Report

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Road Freight Transport Market Research Report | ANZSIC I4610 | Dec 2015

Unroadworthy: Strong competition and profit pressures push operators out of the industry

IBISWorld’s Road Freight Transport market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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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 Road Freight Transport industry dominates the Australian non-bulk freight market, leveraging advantages in price, speed, convenience and reliability. The industry's largest vehicles transport goods between and across states, competing successfully with rail, water and air freight industries. Within cities, light commercial vehicles are the dominant form of transport for the final stage of delivery. The industry's major markets span the entire economy and demand for road freight transport services is a lead indicator for changes in economic growth. Businesses hold less stock prior to and following economic downturns, which reduces demand for the transport of goods.

Industry revenue is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.6%... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry is characterised by a medium level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that the industry invests $0.25 in capital for every dollar spent on wages. The level of capital intensity differs substantially based on the size of the operator, with larger firms requiring much greater capital investment. Wages are the industry’s largest expense, and the use of subcontracting within the industry and the high number of owner-operators suppresses the true level of labour intensity.

The industry generates revenue on each trip based on distance and it is common for interstate trucks to travel 300,000 kilometres per year. Although prices vary depending on the size and nature of trucks, a light commercial vehicle can be purchased for as low as $1,000... purchase to read more


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What is the Road Freight Transport Industry?

Companies in this industry primarily transport freight by road. The industry also includes delivery services via road, excluding couriers. In-house use of fleet vehicles in mining, retail and construction are excluded.

Industry Products
Interstate servicesIntrastate servicesUrban services
Industry Activities
Road freight transport servicesRoad delivery servicesDriver-operated truck hire

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