Channelling revenue: Increased demand from the Mining division has boosted industry growth

The Port Operators industry has expanded over the past five years. As Australia is an island nation, industry services are not easily substitutable. Consequently, the industry provides a vital trade link between Australia and the rest of the world, forming an integral part of the Australian economy. Industry players operate general cargo and container ports, which are usually located near major population centres or near mining sites for export of bulk commodities. As more cargo has moved through Australia's ports over the past five years, industry operators have invested in expanding port facilities, and have raised freight rates to fund these expansions. As a result, industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 3.8% over the five years through 2017-18, reaching $3.2 more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increased production volumes in the Mining division have fuelled demand for industry services
  • Strong demand from developing economies has fuelled increases in mineral export volumes
  • The Mining division has moved to the production phase, driving mineral export volumes
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Port Operators industry has a high level of concentration, with the top four players accounting for an estimated 59.3% of industry revenue in 2017-18. Market share concentration has increased significantly over the past five years as strong revenue growth from bulk commodity ports in Western Australia and Queensland has consolidated a larger share of industry revenue. Consolidation has also occurred through privatisation agreements, which have often bundled multiple state-owned enterprises into a single entity. One example of this is the sale of the Port Kembla Port Corporation and the Sydney Ports Corporation to the NSW Ports consortium...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Port Operators Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Port Operators Industry are

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Successful industrial relations policy
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total mass of exports by sea and Value of merchandise trade imports in the Port Operators industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Port Operators Industry?

    Operators in the industry maintain and lease port facilities used in the land-sea transition of goods and passengers.

    Industry Products
  • Wharfage
  • Wharf facility rental
  • Port access
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Port operation
  • Wharf provision
  • Wharf facility leasing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total mass of exports by sea
  • Value of merchandise trade imports
  • Days lost to industrial disputes
  • year bond rate

  • Current Performance
  • Commodity exports
  • Port expansions and sales
  • Cost structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Export
  • Profit margins and employment
  • Capacity expansion
  • Table: Port Operators Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Port Operators Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Water Transport Terminals
  • Water Freight Transport
  • Water Passenger Transport

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Conveyor and Crane Manufacturing
  • Industrial and Other Property Operators
  • Navigation, Towage and Services to Water Transport
  • Stevedoring Services

  • Products & Services
  • Wharfage
  • Wharf facility rental
  • Port access
  • Other services
  • Chart: Port Operators Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Bulk shipping
  • Merchandise trade

  • Major Markets
  • Shipping lines
  • Terminal operators
  • Container stevedores and cargo handlers
  • Transport operators
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Port Operators Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Port Operators

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Port Operators Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited, Pilbara Ports Authority, Newcastle Port Corporation, Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne), Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Fremantle Port Authority,
  • Table: Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Pilbara Ports Authority - financial performance
  • Table: Newcastle Port Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) - financial performance
  • Table: Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Fremantle Port Authority - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Port Operators Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Port Operators 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
    Bulk Cargo
  • Commodity cargo that is transported unpackaged in large quantities.
  • Stevedoring
  • Work concerned with loading and unloading ships.
  • Wharfage
  • A charge for the unloading or loading of cargo by ports.
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