Making waves: Declining commodity prices have constrained industry revenue growth

The Water Transport Terminals industry is an intermediate industry that serves as a link between shipping vessels and landside transport operators. Industry revenue is largely determined by the volume and value of goods traded within, to and from Australia. Industry players load bulk commodities for export, and handle general cargo and containerised imports.Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 0.6% over the five years through 2016-17. Revenue growth has been constrained by declining commodity prices, which have put severe downward pressure on water transport terminal service prices. This trend has largely offset strong growth in export and import volumes over the past five more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Declining commodity prices have put downward pressure on industry service prices
  • The weakening of the Australian dollar has contributed to growing export demand
  • A recovery in commodity prices is expected to reduce downward pressure on handling fees
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The volumes handled at terminals around Australia shares a similar pattern to the location of the nation’s ports. While there are more ports in Queensland and Western Australia, containerised ports tend to attract higher establishments due to the number of shipping lines and freight forwarders that engage terminal operators compared with ports servicing commodity owners. In addition, states that have ferry operations also attract a large number of establishments.The large share of volume handled by container terminals in Queensland and New South Wales reflect the greater mining commodity exports (especially coal) from those states. Coal exports are Queensland’s largest traded commodity by tonnage, with about 50 coal mines in Queensland. New...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Water Transport Terminals Industry

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

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Successful industrial relations policy
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from black coal mining and Value of merchandise trade imports in the Water Transport Terminals industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Water Transport Terminals Industry?

    Companies in the industry are primarily engaged in operating passenger or freight water transport terminals. Firms in the industry load and unload ships carrying containerised, bulk and break bulk cargo.

    Industry Products
  • Mining terminal facilities
  • Cargo terminal facilities
  • Passenger terminal facilities
  • Other bulk terminal facilities
  • Industry Activities
  • Coal loader operation
  • Grain loader operation
  • Cargo terminal operation
  • Passenger terminal operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from black coal mining
  • Value of merchandise trade imports
  • Days lost to industrial disputes
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Growing demand
  • Port expansion
  • Volatile profit
  • Participation lags behind growth
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Trade volumes
  • Infrastructure
  • Improving profitability
  • Table: Water Transport Terminals Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Water Transport Terminals Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Rail, Air and Sea Freight Forwarding
  • Water Freight Transport
  • Water Passenger Transport

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Port Operators
  • Stevedoring Services

  • Products & Services
  • Mining terminal facilities
  • Cargo terminal facilities
  • Passenger terminal facilities
  • Other bulk terminal facilities
  • Chart: Water Transport Terminals Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Freight shipping companies
  • Passenger transport companies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Water Transport Terminals Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Water Transport Terminals

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Water Transport Terminals Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Qube Holdings Limited, Port Waratah Coal Services Limited, NCIG Holdings Pty Ltd, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Qube Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Port Waratah Coal Services Limited - financial performance
  • Table: NCIG Holdings Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Water Transport Terminals 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 Water Transport Terminals Industry
  • 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
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