AusRAIL, Market Sectors

Road still hauls most freight but rail getting back on track

<p>Rail transport benefited the most from the demise of coastal shipping since 1995, but trucks still carried the most domestic freight of any of the transport sectors, according to a report released this morning (Friday, June 22).</p> <p>The Australian Logistics Council report, examining the contribution of transport and logistics to Australia’s economy, calculated that 2.7bn tonnes of domestic freight was carried in 2004&#4705, up by 1bn tonnes or 54.5% on figures recorded in1994&#4795.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, the road transport sector carried 37.5% of the 517.2 bn tonne-km task in 2004&#4705, three-quarters of which moved in Western Australia and Queensland.</p> <p>Rail’s share (35.9% for 2004&#4705) increased from 30% in 1990&#4791, while coastal shipping’s share dropped from 30% to 22.1% over the same period.</p> <p>The report found the Australian road freight sector carried 2,148 mt of cargo in 2004&#4705, an increase of 55% on 1994&#4795 figures. Activity in WA accounted for close to half (44%) of the national road transport task, followed by Queensland and New South Wales.</p> <p>Rail cargoes totalled 664.1m tonnes for 2005&#4705. Annual tonnes for the mode have increased by 58% over the past decade.</p> <p>In comparison, annual tonnes carried by domestic shipping over the past 10 years have grown by just 9%.</p> <p>The report predicts domestic volumes will grow by 20m tonne-km in the years to 2016.</p> <p>Australia’s annual seaborne trade totalled 680m tonnes in 2004&#4705. </p> <p>The transport and logistics industry contributed approximately 14.5% of gross domestic product, the report found, and was the largest of any sector in the Australian economy.</p> <br />