Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The industry's port operations vary from general cargo and container ports located near major population centres to remote bulk commodity operations near mining sites. The industry depends on international trade, with merchandise imports and bulk commodity exports key drivers of industry activity.
As more cargo has moved through Australia's ports in the past five years, operators have invested in expanding port facilities and found themselves in a position to raise rates to fund these expansions. The industry has grown robustly in the past five years, at a compound annual rate of 9.6%. In 2014-15, industry revenue is forecast to increase by 5.0% to $3.3 billion... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Ports in Australia are largely owned by state and territory governments. Ports fulfil two main functions. Bulk-commodity ports are used for the export of raw materials overseas and imports of bulk liquid cargoes (such as fuel), while general-purpose ports mostly handle containerised and general cargo. Capital city ports tend to blend the two functions, handling bulk commodity imports such as fuel, containerised trade and general cargo, including motor vehicles.
Ports that primarily handle commodities exporting offer a different product and service mix compared with capital city ports, which deal primarily in the import and export of containerised and general cargo. Commodities ports focus more heavily on wharf provision and administration... purchase to read more