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Rail Freight Transport in Australia: Market Research Report

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Rail Freight Transport Market Research Report | ANZSIC I4710 | Aug 2016

Fast track: Increased output from the Mining division boosts demand for rail freight services

IBISWorld’s Rail Freight Transport market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$8bn
Annual Growth 12-17
2.1%
Annual Growth 17-22
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Profit
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Employment
15,005
Businesses
37
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Rail Freight Transport industry has expanded over the past five years due to increased downstream demand from miners as coal and iron ore export volumes have risen. Industry profitability is strongest when heavy commodities are carried over long distances. Long-distance travel presents rail transport with a strong advantage in economies of scale and fuel efficiency. The bulk freight segment has strengthened over the past five years, as the Mining division increased output to offset declining prices for mined products and falls in investment. Industry revenue is forecast to rise at an annualised 2.1% over the five years through 2016-17, to reach $8.0 billion... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The main barriers to entry in the industry involve capital requirements, staffing, regulation and track access. New entrants need funding to buy or lease expensive equipment, to purchase access to rail networks and attract appropriately skilled staff. The substantial cost of rolling stock and the difficulty in attracting suitable staff are compounded by the substantial economies of scale involved in the industry. To maximise profitability, operators need to also maximise services, given the substantial rail access fees. This in turn increases the equipment and trained staff requirements.

Legislative compliance also remains high. Route accreditation is required before track owners offer train paths... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Rail Freight Transport Industry?

Companies in the industry primarily operate railways for freight transportation. The industry does not include the operation of rail freight terminals or private railroads operated in-house for the transportation of goods.

Industry Products
Bulk freight transportNon-bulk freight transport
 
Industry Activities
Bulk rail freight transportationNon-bulk rail freight transportation


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