Overview

Fuelling growth: Crude oil price rises have boosted industry revenue over the past five years

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.

REPORT SNAPSHOT

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand for road freight transport services is a leading indicator for economic growth
  • The industry benefits from its position as a necessary stage in many supply chains
  • Consolidation trends are projected to continue, with many smaller operators merging

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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. In 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 leading indicator for changes in economic growth. Businesses hold less stock prior to and following economic downturns, which reduces demand for transporting goods.

    Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 3.0% over the five years through 2016-17, to $41.5 billion...

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    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Road Freight Transport industry provides the primary mode of transport for non-bulk freight in Australia. The industry dominates the transport and storage sector in terms of revenue and employment. Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 3.0%, to $41.5 billion. Rising fuel prices are expected to be partially passed on to clients, boosting industry revenue by 2.4% in the current year. The historically low prices of crude oil over much of the past five-year period have supported industry profit margins, which have increased slightly as a share of revenue during this period.

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    Additional Insights for the Road Freight Transport Industry

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

  • Market research and understanding
  • Access to quality personnel management
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Road freight service price and Total merchandise imports and exports in the Road Freight Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Road Freight Transport Industry?

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

    Industry Products
    Interstate services
    Intrastate services
    Urban services
    Industry Activities
    Road freight transport services
    Road delivery services
    Driver-operated truck hire

    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 merchandise imports and exports
  • Demand from wholesale trade
  • US dollars per Australian dollar
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Road Freight Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail Trade
  • Road Freight Forwarding

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling
  • Motor Vehicle Electrical Services
  • Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Manufacturing
  • Petroleum Product Wholesaling
  • Tyre Retailing

  • Products & Services
  • Intrastate services
  • Interstate services
  • Urban services
  • Chart: Road Freight Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Crude material and chemical markets
  • Downstream markets for manufactured goods
  • Downstream users of agricultural output
  • Fuel retailers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Road 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 Road Freight Transport

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Road Freight Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Toll Holdings Limited
  • Table: Toll Holdings Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Road 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 Road Freight Transport Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Articulated Truck
  • A vehicle with a pivot joint between segments of the vehicle. This joint allows a sharper turning circle.
  • B-Double
  • A prime mover hauling two trailers.
  • B-Triple
  • A prime mover with three trailers attached.
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    This report on Road Freight Transport:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Road Freight Transport market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • 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
    • And of course, much more

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