The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation global market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at an international 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.


Market Share of Companies
A.P. M›ller - M‘rsk $x.xlock
CK Hutchison $x.xlock
DP World $x.xlock
PSA International $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2011 - 2016
Annual Growth
2016 - 2021
Employment ('000)

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Trade between Asian economies and the rest of the world will continue to support growth
  • Industry competition has increased as clients demand faster services and integrated supply chains
  • Emerging markets are expected to continue enlarging their share of world trade

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The main factors propelling the Global Marine and Container Terminal Operation industry's growth in the past 15 years have been trade liberalization, world economic expansion and ongoing growth in Asian economies. Even after the global economic downturn, the industry was able to initially rapidly recover due to trends in emerging market growth. Over the next five years, the industry is anticipated to benefit from improving trade levels with greater demand stemming from the logistics and shipping sectors. Trade between Asian countries and the rest of the world is expected to propel global revenue during the five years to 2021, with accelerated growth in developed economies forecast to provide an additional boost...

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    Starting a New Business

    The industry has an extremely high level of barriers to entry. It is difficult for potential entrants to operate in the industry due to the highly specialized nature of the industry, along with the extensive capital costs required. Terminal operators also rely on the provision of certain infrastructure by the landlord of the port, examples being the dredging of channels, construction of berths and intermodal transfer facilities. Moreover, ports have to be linked to extensive outside infrastructure, including roads and rails, which further increases capital costs, often requiring investment or backing from governments. The..

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    Additional Insights for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry are

  • Ability to comply with environmental legislation
  • Ability to accommodate fluctuations in demand
  • Capacity to acquire land for development or expansion
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    Industry Products

    What is the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry?

    Companies in the industry operate terminals (including docking and pier facilities). Main activities include the loading and unloading of cargo containers from ships, arranging paperwork for incoming shipments to meet customs requirements, operating a computer system to connect cargo with recipients and transferring cargo onto trucks and trains.

    Industry Products
    Terminal operation
    Other services
    Industry Activities
    Waterfront terminal operation (docks, piers and wharves)
    Docking facility operations
    Wharf operation
    Container stevedoring
    Other marine cargo handling

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total value of world trade
  • GDP of the BRIC nations
  • Global consumer spending
  • Industrial production index of OECD countries

  • Current Performance
  • Demand dynamics
  • Competition, consolidation and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand recovers
  • Other trends
  • Table: Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Mining
  • Global Deep-Sea, Coastal & Inland Water Transportation

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Engineering Services
  • Global Infrastructure and Non-building Construction
  • Global Mining

  • Products & Services
  • Terminal operation
  • Other services
  • Chart: Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Ship agents
  • Shipping lines
  • Freight arrangers
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Purchases
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    DP WorldCK Hutchison Holdings LimitedAP Moller - Maersk A/SPSA International Pte Ltd
  • Table: DP World - financial performance
  • Table: CK Hutchison Holdings Limited - financial performance
  • Table: AP Moller - Maersk A/S - financial performance
  • Table: PSA International Pte Ltd - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Marine & Container Terminal Operation Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Total value of world trade (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Cellular Vessel
  • Ships used to efficiently store stacked containers with bracings to restrain cargo units.
  • Just-In-Time (Jit) Inventory Systems
  • A strategy implemented to improve profitability by reducing inventory and purchasing raw materials needed for the immediate term only.
  • Lift-On, Lift-Off Cargo (Lo-Lo)
  • Loading/unloading by the vessel's own cranes or by shore-based cranes.
  • Roll-On, Roll-Off (Ro-Ro)
  • Wheeled cargo such as automobiles, trailers, railroad cars.
  • Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (Teu)
  • The traditional size of a cargo crate, now used as a standard unit of measure for cargo volume.
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