Off the rails: Enterprise numbers decline as lower oil prices increase external competition

IBISWorld’s Rail 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.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Privatisation and commercialisation initiatives have increased industry competition
  • Growing demand for bulk transport has allowed industry companies to operate closer to capacity
  • Firms may have to absorb a greater portion of rising fuel prices over the next five years

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Rail Freight Transport industry has grown slowly over the past five years. Decreased iron ore prices have forced mining firms to reduce production. Consequently, the volume of iron ore hauled by industry firms has decreased over the period, limiting the industry's performance. Industry revenue is anticipated to grow at an annualised 0.6% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $8.4 billion. However, the anticipated recovery in fuel prices in 2017-18 is expected to support industry growth, as industry operators typically pass on cost increases. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to grow by 3.8% in 2017-18.

    Recent deregulation, privatisation and infrastructure investment have contributed to the industry's current operating environment...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The main areas of activity for the Rail Freight Transport industry are segmented into bulk and non-bulk transport. Australia is home to a range of dedicated railways servicing the Mining division and the Agriculture subdivision. These railways 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 accounts for the largest share of industry revenue and involves moving homogeneous goods in custom wagons. These wagons are designed to maximise volumes carried. Typ..

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    Additional Insights for the Rail Freight Transport Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Rail Freight Transport Industry are

  • Automation
  • Well-developed internal processes
  • Production of premium goods and services
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    Industry Products

    What is the Rail Freight Transport Industry?

    Industry firms primarily operate railways for freight transportation. The industry does not include the operation of rail freight terminals or private railroads operated in-house for the transportation of goods.

    Industry Products
    Bulk freight transport
    Non-bulk freight transport
    Industry Activities
    Bulk rail freight transportation
    Non-bulk rail freight transportation

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Road freight service price
  • Total mass of exports by sea
  • World price of crude oil
  • Demand from black coal mining

  • Current Performance
  • Bulk freight
  • Non-bulk freight
  • Oil prices
  • Internal dynamics
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Profit and participation
  • Competitive opportunities
  • Regulation
  • Table: Rail Freight Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Rail Freight Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Grain Growing
  • Mining
  • Black Coal Mining
  • Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Wholesale Trade

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction
  • Railway Equipment Manufacturing and Repair
  • Transport Equipment and Large Vehicle Rental

  • Products & Services
  • Bulk freight transport
  • Non-bulk freight transport
  • Chart: Rail Freight Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Bulk freight transport
  • Non-bulk freight transport

  • Major Markets
  • Mining division
  • Freight forwarders and other markets
  • Primary producers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Rail Freight Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Rail Freight Transport

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Rail Freight Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Aurizon Holdings LimitedAustralian Logistics Acquisition Holdings Pty Limited
  • Table: Aurizon Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Australian Logistics Acquisition Holdings Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Rail Freight Transport Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Rail Freight Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Above Rail
  • Rolling stock and provision of rail services.
  • Below Rail
  • The fixed infrastructure used by rail. This includes tracks, sleepers and sidings.
  • Bulk Freight
  • Homogeneous bulk goods such as grain or mineral output, which are transported in custom vehicles.
  • Intermodal Transport
  • The transport of shipping containers across different modes of transport on standardised trailers.
  • Non-Bulk Freight
  • General merchandise freight that is carried in standardised containers for transport, such as shipping containers, general freight wagons or on pallets.
  • Rolling Stock
  • Locomotives and carriages.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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