Shipshape: Rising volumes of imports and exports by sea have supported revenue

Operators in the Water Freight Transport industry have benefited from New Zealand's rising international trade over the past five years. The ongoing globalisation of many New Zealand industries has boosted demand for water freight transport services over the period. In addition, trade agreements, such as the 2015 New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement, and the 2018 Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership have further facilitated international trade over the five-year period, supporting industry demand. Industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 1.0% over the five years through 2019-20, to $473.1 million. This includes an anticipated decline of 1.7% in 2019-20, due to a contraction in the total mass of imports by more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The ongoing globalisation of many industries is boosting demand for water freight services
  • The total mass of imports and exports by sea has increased over the past five years
  • Projected international trade increases will boost demand for the industry’s services
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The spread of industry establishments in the Water Freight Transport industry largely follows New Zealand's population distribution. Trade and export activity is typically highest in these areas. As a result, industry operators typically have offices in the regions of Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury. Establishments also tend to be situated near the sea ports in New Zealand, as highlighted by the regions that are overrepresented in terms of establishments compared with their share of the population. These include regions such as Otago, Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman. Several establishments are also situated in the Bay of Plenty, home to one of New Zealand's largest port in terms of total cargo volume, the Port of Tauranga...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Water Freight Transport Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Water Freight Transport are:

  • Economies of scale
  • Economies of scope
  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total mass of exports by sea and Total mass of imports by sea in the Water Freight Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Water Freight Transport in New Zealand Industry?

    Companies in the Water Freight Transport primarily operate vessels that transport freight by water. Freight ferry and harbour freight transport services are also included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Container ships
  • General cargo ships
  • Bulk cargo ships
  • Oil and chemical tankers
  • Industry Activities
  • Coastal sea freight transport services between domestic ports
  • Freight ferry services
  • Harbour freight transport services
  • International sea freight transport services between domestic and international ports
  • River freight transport services
  • Ship freight management services
  • 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
  • Total mass of imports by sea
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Demand from rail transport

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profitability
  • International trade
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Revenue and profitability
  • Industry structure and technology
  • Table: Water Freight Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Meat Processing in New Zealand
  • Customs Agency and Freight Forwarding Services in New Zealand
  • Cheese, Butter and Milk Powder Manufacturing in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Port and Water Transport Terminals in New Zealand
  • Stevedoring and Water Transport Support Services in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Container ships
  • Oil and chemical tankers
  • Bulk cargo ships
  • General cargo ships
  • Chart: Water Freight Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Agricultural firms
  • Other
  • Freight forwarders
  • Food and beverage manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Water Freight Transport 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 Freight Transport

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Silver Fern Shipping Limited, The China Navigation Company NZ Limited,
  • Table: Silver Fern Shipping Limited - financial performance
  • Table: The China Navigation Company NZ Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Water Freight Transport 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 Freight Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Break Bulk Cargo
  • Cargo that must be loaded and unloaded individually because it is not easy to containerise.
  • Stevedoring
  • The loading or unloading of the cargo of a ship.
  • Tanker
  • A ship that is primarily used for bulk goods transportation.
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