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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Freight Transport by Sea industry in China is mainly engaged in shipping exported items to their destination countries and territories from China. Therefore, industry performance is extremely sensitive to the global economic climate as it determines demand for Chinese goods.

Over the five years through 2017, industry revenue has been increasing at an annualized rate of 2.8%. In 2017, industry revenue is expected to decrease to $32.4 billion, down 2.4% from 2015. Slowing global trade volume growth has created a large challenge for the development of the industry.

Over the five years through 2022, ACMR-IBISWorld projects that revenue will grow at the slower rate of of 2.8%...

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

For every dollar spent on wages, about 2.4 dollars are invested in capital, which indicates a very high level of capital intensity.

Firms in the industry require large purchases on ships, containers and other facilities that shoulder the shipping services. To guarantee shipping safety and avoid unnecessary freight loss, a high cost is also necessary to repair or replace of these freighters. Investment on fixed assets purchases will grow slowly over the next few years in response to over-capacity. However, operating costs related to fuel and technology applications to meet with stricter environmental protection regulations will increase. In addition, companies are also establishing automated systems to trace freight. Whi..

Additional Insights for the Freight Transport by Sea Industry

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

  • Economies of scale
  • Effective cost controls
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favor of market conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World Economy and Industry Growth - Manufacturing in the Freight Transport by Sea industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Freight Transport by Sea Industry?

    Businesses in the Freight Transport by Sea industry provide cargo transportation services between China and other countries, including the leasing of ocean-going freighters equipped with operators. This industry only includes businesses that make trans-oceanic journeys using ships made in China. Passenger delivery and coastal freight transportation are excluded.

    Industry Products
    Dry bulk shipping
    Container shipping
    Liquid bulk shipping
    Other activities
    Industry Activities
    Dry bulk shipping
    Liquid bulk shipping
    Container shipping
    Ship chartering with operators

    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
  • World Economy
  • Industry Growth - Manufacturing
  • Industry Systems and Technology - Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
  • Level of Environmental Protection Legislation
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Freight Transport by Sea Industry Revenue Outlook

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

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

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Ship Building
  • Ship Repairing and Conversion

  • Products & Services
  • Dry bulk shipping
  • Container shipping
  • Liquid bulk shipping
  • Other activities
  • Chart: Freight Transport by Sea Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Global economic climate
  • International trade

  • Major Markets
  • Metal ore freight
  • Other freight
  • Oil product freight
  • Coal freight
  • Iron and steel freight
  • Machinery equipment freight
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Freight Transport by Sea Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Utilities and rent
  • Wages
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Freight Transport by Sea

  • Basis of Competition
  • Economies of scale
  • Effective cost management
  • Reputation
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    China COSCO Shipping Corporation LimitedChina Merchants GroupHosco GroupSITC International Holdings Company Limited
  • Table: China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited - financial performance
  • Table: China Merchants Group - financial performance
  • Table: Hosco Group - financial performance
  • Table: SITC International Holdings Company Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Freight Transport by Sea 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 Freight Transport by Sea Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Total Assets (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Baltic Dry Index (Bdi)
  • A measure of the revenue of the industry and the condition of international trade. It is calculating using the cost of shipping dry commodities through several routes.
  • Dry Bulk
  • Various kinds of primary products and raw materials, such as coal, iron ore, grain, and steel.
  • Liquid Bulk
  • Refers to liquid freight such as crude oil and liquefied natural gas.
  • Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (Teu)
  • A measure of capacity in container transportation, based on the volume of a standard-sized (i.e. 20-foot-long) intermodal container.
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