The industry's port operations vary, from general cargo and container ports located near major population centres to remote bulk commodity operations near mining sites. The industry depends on international trade, with merchandise imports and bulk commodity exports key drivers of industry activity. As more cargo has moved through Australia's ports in the past five years, operators have invested in expanding port facilities and found themselves in a position to raise rates to fund these expansions. The industry is expected to grow robustly over the five years through 20145 at a compound annual rate of 9.4%. In 2014-15, industry revenue is forecast to increase by 5.0% to $3.5 billion.
Operators in this industry maintain and lease port facilities used in the land-sea transition of goods and passengers.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.