Water Freight Transport in Australia - Market Research Report

Water Freight Transport industry trends (2014-2019)

poll Average industry growth 2014–2019: -3.1%

The Water Freight Transport industry represents a key link between Australian companies and the global economy. Despite the industry's vital importance to international trade, water freight transport companies have faced severe challenges stemming from a global oversupply of shipping capacity. Ships commissioned to be built prior to the global financial crisis have recently reached completion, joining existing fleets around the world. The industry has endured overcapacity conditions as demand for shipping has declined, driving freight rates to record lows. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to fall at an annualised 3.1% over the five years through 2018-19, to $2.5 billion. This includes a forecast increase of 1.8% in the current year, reflect...
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Water Freight Transport industry outlook (2019-2024)

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The industry's performance is forecast to improve dramatically over the next five years. Australia's merchandise trade and the total value of world trade are anticipated to improve over the period. Consequently, demand for industry services is anticipated to surpass capacity, driving growth in freight rates and industry revenue. As a result, industry revenue is anticipated to rise at an annualised X.X% over the five years through XXX-XX, to reach $X.X billion. Domestic demand for international shipping transport largely depends on the volume of trade between Australia and the rest of the world. Free trade agreements with China, Korea and Japan are forecast to benefit the industry over the next five years. For example, both containerised and non-cont...
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Water Freight Transport industry statistics

  • attach_money Market Size: $2bn
  • business Number of Businesses: 420
  • poll Average Industry Profit Margin: x.x%
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  • supervisor_account Industry Employment: 6,165

Biggest companies in the Water Freight Transport industry

The companies holding the largest market share in the Water Freight Transport in Australia industry include ANL Container Line Pty Ltd and ASP Pacific Holdings Pty Ltd.

  • pie_chart ANL Container Line Pty Ltd Market Share: x.x%
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What is Water Freight Transport industry?

Industry Definition

Industry players operate vessels that transport freight by water. Primary activities include international sea freight transport services between domestic and international ports, coastal sea freight transport services between domestic ports, freight ferry services and harbour freight transport services. Other activities include river freight transport services, ship freight management services (operating ships on behalf of owners) and inland water freight transport services.

Industry Products and Services

  • Bulk carrier services
  • Container ship services
  • General cargo services
  • All Others

Industry Activities

  • Bulk cargo transport
  • Containerised freight transport
  • General cargo transport

Market research report - table of contents

Industry Definition

Industry players operate vessels that transport freight by water. Primary activities include international sea freight transport services between domestic and international ports, coastal sea freight transport services between domestic ports, freight ferry services and harbour freight transport services. Other activities include river freight transport services, ship freight management services (operating ships on behalf of owners) and inland water freight transport services.

Main Activities

  • Bulk cargo transport
  • Containerised freight transport
  • General cargo transport

Similar Industries

Additional Resources

Industry Statistics Snapshot

Industry Structure

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

The industry's biggest activity is transporting exports, especially bulk commodities. Exports that leave Australia by sea include bulk, break bulk and con...
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Total mass of exports by sea
Value of merchandise trade imports
Total value of world trade
World price of crude oil

Current Performance

Freight demand
Profitability and competition
Coastal trade
 Chart: Revenue Growth

Industry Outlook

Growing vessel size
Freight demand
 Table: Water Freight Transport in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Revenue Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

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

Supply Chain

Key Buying Industries

Grain Growing in Australia
Black Coal Mining in Australia
Iron Ore Mining in Australia
Rail, Air and Sea Freight Forwarding in Australia



Key Selling Industries

Shipbuilding and Repair Services in Australia
Stevedoring Services in Australia
Navigation, Towage and Services to Water Transport in Australia
Port and Water Transport Terminal Operations in Australia
Transport Equipment and Large Vehicle Rental in Australia


Products & Services

Activity in the Water Freight Transport industry is segmented based on the type of freight carried by industry operators. Industry services include intern...
Manufacturing sector
Freight forwarders
Agriculture sector



Demand Determinants

Trade between Australia and the rest of the world determines the level of demand for water freight transport. The performance of Australian exports and mo...
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Major Markets

Manufacturing sector
Freight forwarders
Agriculture sector




 Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Water 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 Water Freight Transport industry is characterised by moderate market share concentration. The industry’s four largest operators are expected to accoun...
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Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

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

Basis of Competition

Internal competition
External competition

Barriers to Entry

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

Industry Globalization

ANL Container Line Pty Ltd is a foreign-owned private company headquartered in Melbourne. In 1998, the Federal Government sold ANL Limited and its interna...
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ANL Container Line

 Table: ANL Container Line - financial performance

ASP Pacific Holdings

 Table: ASP Pacific Holdings - financial performance

Capital Intensity

The Water Freight Transport industry displays a high level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on wages, an estimated $0.40 will be spent on capi...
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 Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Water 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 Water 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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  • Profitability Analysis
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  • SWOT Analysis
    SWOT Analysis
  • Industry Trends
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  • Industry Operating Conditions
    Industry Operating Conditions
  • Porter's 5 Forces Analysis
    Porter's 5 Forces Analysis

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