Bulk power: Ongoing increases in freight volumes will continue to boost industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Rail, Air and Sea Freight Forwarding 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.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Rail, Air and Sea Freight Forwarding industry purchases space from freight transport providers and arranges for goods to be transported on behalf of clients. The industry consolidates bundles of freight from different clients to take advantage of discounts for bulk loads, and takes a commission for this service. Growing demand for freight transport has lifted industry revenue over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.7% over the five years through 2016-17, to reach $9.1 billion, including growth by an estimated 2.3% in the current year.

The industry has benefited from rising freight demand over the past five years...

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Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The industry exhibits low barriers to entry. It is fairly easy for new entrants to set up freight forwarding operations on a single route, or to specialise in a geographic area. The industry requires minimal capital investment in fixed assets. However, new entrants need access to a large amount of working capital to fund the purchases of space on rail, sea and air freight providers.

Building a critical mass of freight volumes can act as a significant deterrent to new entrants. Having entered the industry, forwarders need sufficient volume to access discounts from different modes of transport. Tight control over pick-up and delivery operations is also required. The..

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What is the Rail, Air and Sea Freight Forwarding Industry?

Companies in this industry primarily contract the transport of goods for other enterprises, using a combination of rail, air and sea freight transport organisations to complete these contracted services. In these cases, the forwarding unit takes on prime responsibility for the entire transport operation specified in each contract for a charge that covers the total operation, and in turn pays the actual carriers for transport services rendered to it.

Industry Products
Rail freight forwarding
Sea freight forwarding
Air freight forwarding
Industry Activities
Rail freight forwarding
Sea freight forwarding
Air freight forwarding

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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