Overview

Fast track: Increased output from the Mining division boosts demand for rail freight services

The Rail Freight Transport market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Rail Freight Transport industry has expanded over the past five years due to increased downstream demand from miners as coal and iron ore export volumes have risen. Industry profitability is strongest when heavy commodities are carried over long distances. Long-distance travel presents rail transport with a strong advantage in economies of scale and fuel efficiency. The bulk freight segment has strengthened over the past five years, as the Mining division increased output to offset declining prices for mined products and falls in investment. Industry revenue is forecast to rise at an annualised 2.1% over the five years through 2016-17, to reach $8.0 billion...

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Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Industry concentration is most pronounced within the bulk freight markets. Many Australian railways were built to transport export commodities such as mineral ores or grain to port, not to facilitate interstate trade. Consequently, the industry is concentrated in states with mature mining industries or large agricultural crops. In Queensland, rail networks serve the sugar and mining industries within the state. In Western Australia, most enterprises are involved in transporting minerals from mines to ports for export. New South Wales represents a smaller portion of intermodal transport, with the rail industry supported by heavy demand from bulk coal transport in the Hunter Valley.

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Industry Products

What is the Rail Freight Transport Industry?

Companies in the industry 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 Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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