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Port & Harbor Operations in the US: Market Research Report

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Port & Harbor Operations Market Research Report | NAICS 48831 | Jun 2016

Staying afloat: International trade will expand, supporting industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Port & Harbor Operations market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The continued appreciation of the US dollar will spur import growth and aid the industry
  • Water transportation operators are building larger vessels to maximize cargo loads and minimize costs
  • Industry performance will continue to depend on international trade levels during the outlook period
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Ports and harbor operators have grown following economic recovery, which has driven increases in total trade value, per capita disposable income and downstream demand from water transportation industries. Over the current five years, trade volumes have improved and government funding has picked up slightly since recessionary lows. Furthermore, consumer spending has increased trade activity, thus, industry services. In the next five years, increasing trade activity and greater investment in port infrastructure, especially intermodal transportation, are expected to drive revenue growth... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

In the five years to 2016, IBISWorld estimates that revenue for the Port and Harbor Operations industry will increase at an average annual rate of 5.6% to $2.8 billion. Since 2011, revenue and demand have grown due to improvements in consumer spending and greater trade activity. The industry’s revenue growth and profit margins depend heavily on domestic and international trade volumes facilitated through US ports. Domestic trade volumes depend on trends in domestic industrial output and consumer confidence. Meanwhile, international trade volume, a more important determinant of industry performance, depends on the relative strength of the dollar. Furthermore, domestic cruise ship activity plays a role in driving industry growth and depends on changes in per capita disposable income. Por.. ... 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 Government consumption and investment in the Port & Harbor Operations industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Port & Harbor Operations Industry?

    Operators in this industry operate ports, harbors (including docking and pier facilities) or canals. The main activities of this industry include loading and unloading cargo containers from ships, operating lighthouses, 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
    Rental of land, buildings and warehousesWharfageMarine cargo handling and other services
    Industry Activities
    Waterfront terminal operation and maintenanceCanal operation and maintenanceDocking facility operationsHarbor operation and maintenanceLighthouse operationPort facility operationSeaway operationWharf operation

    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 trade value
  • Government consumption and investment
  • Consumer spending
  • Demand from water transportation
  • Current Performance
  • Steady revenue growth
  • Infrastructure and ships impact industry performance
  • Profitability increases
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • International trade picks up
  • Infrastructure projects and intermodalism
  • Profitability increases
  • Table: Port & Harbor Operations Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Port & Harbor Operations Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Rental of land, buildings and warehouses
  • Marine cargo handling and other services
  • Chart: Port & Harbor Operations Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Shipping line operators
  • Marine service and stevedoring companies
  • Other
  • Cruise ship operators
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Port & Harbor Operations Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • 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
    Major Companies
    Port of Los Angeles
    Port of Houston Authority
    Port of Long Beach
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Table: Port of Los Angeles - financial performance
  • Table: Port of Houston Authority - financial performance
  • Table: Port of Long Beach - financial performance
  • Table: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Port & Harbor Operations Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Total trade value (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    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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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Port & Harbor Operations market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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