Road Freight Transport in Australia: Market Research Report

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Road Freight Transport Market Research Report | ANZSIC I4610 | Apr 2014

Road to success: Increased demand for freight transport drives industry growth

IBISWorld’s Road Freight Transport market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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

The Road Freight Transport industry dominates the Australian market for non-bulk freight, leveraging advantages in price, speed, convenience and reliability. The industry's largest vehicles transport goods between and around states, competing successfully with the rail freight, water freight and airfreight industries. Within cities, light commercial vehicles are the dominant form of transport for the ‘last mile' of delivery. The industry's major markets are diversified across the entire economy and demand for road freight transport services is a lead indicator for changes in economic growth. Leading into an economic downturn and for a period afterwards, businesses hold less stock, reducing demand for the transport of goods... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry is characterised by a medium level of capital intensity, with $0.18 spent on 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 at 24.2% of revenue in 2013-14. However, the use of subcontracting within the industry and the high number of owner-operators suppress the true level of labour intensity.

Revenue is generated on each trip based on distance and it is not uncommon 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 are primarily engaged in transporting freight by road. The industry also includes delivery services via road (excluding couriers), but excludes the in-house uses of fleet vehicles in mining, retail and construction.

Industry Products
Interstate servicesIntrastate servicesCapital city services
Industry Activities
Road freight transport servicesRoad delivery servicesTruck hire with operator

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