Anchors away: Rising trade volumes will bolster steady revenue growth

Operators in the Port and Harbor Operations industry are critical for the exchange and movement of goods. Industry demand has increased over the five years to 2018, as improving economic conditions have enabled international trade activity to surge while overall consumer spending has grown, generating significant demand for port and harbor services. The amount of goods entering and leaving ports across the nation drives industry revenue. Rising demand for commodities, especially from emerging markets like China, have particularly dictated industry performance over the past five years...purchase to read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Lost revenue to competing ports in Mexico and Canada will cause industry revenue to grow at a slower rate
  • Water transportation operators are building larger vessels to maximize cargo loads
  • Industry performance will continue to depend on international trade levels
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Port and Harbor Operations industry is highly capital intensive due to the significant capital costs associated with constructing and maintaining wharves. In fact, IBISWorld estimates that industry operators will spend $0.50 on capital investments for every dollar spent on labor in 2018. Large-scale investment is especially necessary at large containerized ports. While most ports function as landlords and do not operate terminals, ports generally provide a substantial amount of transportation infrastructure, including shipping channels, wharves, cruise terminals, bulk and container terminals, intermodal transfer terminals and warehouses.This industry's capital intensity is expected to increase over the next five years, which follows a long-term trend. Imp...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Port & Harbor Operations Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Port & Harbor Operations Industry are

  • Easy access to further appropriate land for development
  • Successful industrial relations policy
  • Involvement of all stakeholders
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total trade value and Consumer spending in the Port & Harbor Operations industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Port & Harbor Operations Industry?

    Companies in this industry operate ports, harbors (including docking and pier facilities) or canals. The main activities of this industry include loading and unloading cargo from ships, operating lighthouses, arranging paperwork for incoming shipments, operating computer systems to connect cargo with recipients and providing accommodations to docked vessels.

    Industry Products
  • Rental of land, buildings and warehouses
  • Wharfage: cruise ships
  • Wharfage: container ships
  • Wharfage: dry bulk carriers
  • Wharfage: liquid bulk carriers
  • Wharfage: roll-on/roll-off ships
  • Wharfage: general cargo ships
  • Marine cargo handling and other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Waterfront terminal operation and maintenance
  • Canal operation and maintenance
  • Docking facility operations
  • Harbor operation and maintenance
  • Lighthouse operation
  • Port facility operation
  • Seaway operation
  • Wharf operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total trade value
  • Consumer spending
  • Freight transportation services index
  • Industrial production index
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Steady revenue growth
  • Infrastructure and vessels
  • Profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • International trade continues rise
  • Infrastructure projects and intermodalism
  • Profitability dips
  • Table: Port & Harbor Operations Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Port & Harbor Operations Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Ocean & Coastal Transportation
  • Stevedoring & Marine Cargo Handling
  • Dry Docks & Cargo Inspection Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Long-Distance Freight Trucking
  • Rail Transportation
  • Ship Building
  • Tugboat & Shipping Navigational Services

  • Products & Services
  • Wharfage: liquid bulk carriers
  • Wharfage: container ships
  • Wharfage: dry bulk carriers
  • Rental of land, buildings and warehouses
  • Wharfage: general cargo ships
  • Wharfage: roll-on/roll-off ships
  • Wharfage: cruise ships
  • Marine cargo handling and other services
  • Chart: Port & Harbor Operations Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Domestic traders
  • Importers
  • Exporters
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Port & Harbor Operations Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationRent and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Port & Harbor Operations

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Port & Harbor Operations Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, The Georgia Ports Authority, Port of Houston Authority, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The Northwest Seaport Alliance,
  • Table: Port of Los Angeles - financial performance
  • Table: Port of Long Beach - financial performance
  • Table: The Georgia Ports Authority - financial performance
  • Table: Port of Houston Authority - financial performance
  • Table: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - financial performance
  • Table: The Northwest Seaport Alliance - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Port & Harbor Operations 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 Port & Harbor Operations Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Total trade value (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Bulk Cargo
  • Unpackaged commodity cargo that is transported in large quantities. Examples include wheat, coal, and iron ore.
  • Dredging
  • The act of excavating sediments at the bottom and sides of a channel of water to make it wider and deeper.
  • Electronic Data Interchange (Edi)
  • Transmission of electronic documents between businesses from one computer system to another.
  • Foreign-Trade Zone (Ftz)
  • Restricted access sites located in or near a US Customs Service port of entry that provides users, such as importers, manufacturers and distributors, with cost savings.
  • Portainer
  • A container crane used at container terminals for loading and unloading intermodal containers from container ships.
  • Teu
  • Stands for 20-foot Equivalent Unit, which is a measure used in intermodal transport, derived from the original size of a shipping container.
  • Wharfage
  • The accommodations made for loading, unloading and storing goods provided by ports and harbors.
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