Road Freight Transport in Australia - Market Research Report

Road Freight Transport industry trends (2014-2019)

poll Average industry growth 2014–2019: 0.7%

The Road Freight Transport industry dominates the Australian non-bulk market due to its ability to deliver door-to door, and its competitive advantages in price, convenience and reliability. The industry's largest vehicles transport goods between and across states, competing with rail, water and air freight industries. Industry firms typically use light commercial vehicles for the final stage of delivery. As the industry's major markets span the entire economy, demand for road freight transport services is a strong indicator of changes in economic growth. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 0.7% over the five years through 2018-19, to $46.8 billion. Increased freight task and merchandise trade have driven demand for industry servic...
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Road Freight Transport industry outlook (2019-2024)

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The performance of the Road Freight Transport industry is anticipated to improve over the next five years as demand increases. Growth in total merchandise imports and exports and rising demand from agriculture and manufacturing markets are anticipated to boost demand for industry services. In addition, fuel costs are projected to rise from a low base, prompting some industry operators to reintroduce fuel surcharges and boosting industry revenue. The industry dominates non-bulk freight transport, and is an essential component of the supply chain of many industries, guaranteeing strong demand. Industry revenue is forecast to increase at an annualised X.X% over the five years through XXX-XX, to $XX.X billion. Profitability Industry profit margins are...
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Road Freight Transport industry statistics

  • attach_money Market Size: $47bn
  • business Number of Businesses: 48,399
  • poll Average Industry Profit Margin: x.x%
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  • supervisor_account Industry Employment: 142,808

Biggest companies in the Road Freight Transport industry

The companies holding the largest market share in the Road Freight Transport in Australia industry include Toll Holdings Limited.

  • pie_chart Toll Holdings Limited Market Share: x.x%
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What is Road Freight Transport industry?

Industry Definition

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

Industry Products and Services

  • Interstate services
  • Intrastate services
  • Urban services
  • All Others

Industry Activities

  • Road freight transport services
  • Road delivery services
  • Driver-operated truck hire
  • Towing services

Market research report - table of contents

Industry Definition

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

Main Activities

  • Road freight transport services
  • Road delivery services
  • Driver-operated truck hire
  • Towing services

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Additional Resources

Industry Statistics Snapshot

Industry Structure

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

The road freight service price refers to the weighted average price of road transport as per the producer price index. Growth in the road freight service ...
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Road freight service price
Domestic freight task
Total merchandise imports and exports
US dollars per Australian dollar

Current Performance

Demand trends
Industry participation
Skills shortage
Profit trends
 Chart: Revenue Growth

Industry Outlook

Industry consolidation
Road networks and congestion
 Table: Road Freight Transport in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Revenue Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Life Cycle Reasons
 Chart: Benchmarking - Road Freight Transport in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

Supply Chain

Key Buying Industries

Manufacturing
Construction in Australia
Wholesale Trade
Retail Trade
Road Freight Forwarding in Australia


Key Selling Industries

Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Manufacturing in Australia
Petroleum Product Wholesaling in Australia
Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling in Australia
Motor Vehicle Electrical Services in Australia
Tyre Retailing in Australia


Products & Services

The major services offered by the Road Freight Transport industry are categorised primarily by route: intrastate, interstate and urban. Intrastate servic...
Downstream markets for manufactured goods
Downstream users of agricultural output
Fuel retailers
Other markets


Demand Determinants

Road freight transport is an intermediate industry, providing services along the supply chains of numerous other industries. Operators transport goods fro...
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Major Markets

Downstream markets for manufactured goods
Downstream users of agricultural output
Fuel retailers
Other markets



 Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Road Freight Transport in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

International Trade

Business Locations

Chart: Business Locations by State Chart: Business Locations by State

Market Share Concentration

The Road Freight Transport industry displays low market share concentration. The industry’s four largest players account for significantly less than 40% o...
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Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Profit, Purchases, Wages, Other Costs
 Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Road Freight Transport in Australia - Market Research Report

Basis of Competition

Internal competition
External competition

Barriers to Entry

 Table: Barriers to Entry Checklist for the Road Freight Transport in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

Industry Globalization

Toll Holdings Limited is an integrated logistics service provider that offers warehousing, road, air, rail and sea freight services in Australia and inter...
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Toll Holdings

 Table: Toll Holdings - financial performance

Capital Intensity

The Road Freight Transport industry exhibits a moderate level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on capital investment, an estimated $4.98 is sp...
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 Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Road Freight Transport in Australia - Market Research Report Industry
 Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Table: Industry data Table: Industry Data for the Road Freight Transport in Australia Industry

Industry Revenue (2007-2025)
Industry Gross Product (2007-2025)
Establishments (2007-2025)
Businesses (2007-2025)
Employment (2007-2025)
Exports (2007-2025)
Imports (2007-2025)
Wages (2007-2025)
Domestic Demand (2007-2025)

Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data

Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Dat Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data

Table: Industry Financial Ratios Table: Industry Financial Ratios

Liquidity Ratios
Coverage Ratios
Leverage Ratios
Operating Ratios
Cash Flow & Debt Service Ratios (% of Sales)
Assets, %
Liabilities, %

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  • Industry Operating Conditions
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  • Porter's 5 Forces Analysis
    Porter's 5 Forces Analysis

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