The Freight Rail Transport industry is expected to generate $53.8 billion in 2018, up 5.9% from 2017. Over the five years to 2018, industry revenue is expected to grow at an average rate of 6.5% per year. There are approximately 284 companies operating in the industry, employing about 720,097 workers and paying total wages of $5.7 billion in 2018.Due to the limited scale of China's railway system, existing rail freight capacity in China can no longer meet the rapidly growing domestic transportation demand. Between 2006 and 2010, the Chinese government allocated $160.0 billion to the expansion of the railway network in China to over 90,000 kilometers. By 2020, total investment is expected reach $216.0 billion and the network 120,000 kilometers...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The world's busiest rail network barely meets China's rapidly expanding demand for transportation.
  • China needs 260,000 kilometers of railroads to put it on par with the US in terms of rail density.
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The Freight Rail Transportation industry can be segmented into short-distance, medium-distance and long-distance transportation. The average transportation distance of railway freight in China is 750 kilometers.Medium-distance transportation Medium-distance transportation includes freight transportation between 200 kilometers and 1,000 kilometers. Railway freight transportation is most competitive within this range – the distance is too long for road transportation and too short for water or air transportation. This segment is estimated to account for 48.0% of industry revenue.Long-distance transportation Long-distance transportation refers to transportation with a distance more than 1,000 kilometers. Lon...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Freight Rail Transport Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Freight Rail Transport Industry are

  • Automation
  • Well-developed internal processes
  • Carrying out all necessary maintenance
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real GDP and Industry Growth - Mining in the Freight Rail Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Freight Rail Transport Industry?

    The Freight Rail Transport industry in China operates railways for the transportation of freight across China. The industry comprises state-owned railways as well as local railways (invested and operated by local governments) for transferring freight or cargo. Management and operations of railway terminals and station facilities are not included in this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Medium-distance transportation of freight
  • Long-distance transportation of freight
  • Short-distance transportation of freight
  • Industry Activities
  • Freight transportation services
  • Freight train marshalling operations
  • Freight-related locomotive depot activities
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real GDP
  • Industry Growth - Mining
  • Trade Volume - Goods and Services
  • Competition from Substitutes - Road Freight Transport
  • Domestic Goods Prices - Petroleum - Gasoline (Retail)

  • Current Performance
    Industry structureInvestment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Industry structure
  • Table: Freight Rail Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Transmission and Distribution
  • Railway Equipment Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Medium-distance transportation of freight
  • Long-distance transportation of freight
  • Short-distance transportation of freight
  • Chart: Freight Rail Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Economic growth
  • Fuel prices
  • Downstream industry activities

  • Major Markets
  • Coal industries
  • Other industries
  • Iron and steel industries
  • Grain industries
  • Metal ore industries
  • Oil industries
  • Chemical fertilizer and pesticide industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Freight Rail Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Costs
  • Utilities
  • Wages
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Freight Rail Transport

  • Basis of Competition
  • Road transportation
  • Water transportation
  • Air transportation
  • Pipeline transportation

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Taiyuan Railway Administration, Shenyang Railway Bureau, Beijing Railway Bureau, Shanghai Railway Bureau, Guangzhou Railway Group Corporation Ltd.,
  • Table: Taiyuan Railway Administration - financial performance
  • Table: Shenyang Railway Bureau - financial performance
  • Table: Beijing Railway Bureau - financial performance
  • Table: Shanghai Railway Bureau - financial performance
  • Table: Guangzhou Railway Group Corporation Ltd. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Freight Rail 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 Freight Rail Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Total Assets (2009-2023)
  • Billion ton-kms (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Double-Track Railways
  • Railways in which trains run on tracks in two opposite directions.
  • Electrified Railways
  • Railways that use electrical energy to power railway locomotives and multiple units.
  • Rolling Stock
  • The collective term that describes all vehicles that move on a railway.
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