Trouble steering: Revenue is declining at the end of the period due to rising competition

The Freight Road Transport industry operates the most extensive transport network of all freight modes, providing much-needed flexibility and the convenience of door-to-door haulage. The industry has historically offered faster and more reliable delivery times and less damage to goods than other freight methods. According to the latest data from the Department for Transport, road transport accounted for 77.8% of all goods moved in the United Kingdom in 2017. The industry is highly competitive and fragmented, with only one company, DHL Supply Chain, accounting for a market share greater than 5%.The industry has encountered mixed conditions over the past five more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The development of driverless technology is likely to boost efficiency and reduce emissions
  • The HGV road user levy boosted the industry at the start of the period
  • The government is expected to continue promoting alternative freight transport methods
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Freight Road Transport industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle. Industry value added, a measure of the industry's contribution to the wider economy, is expected to contract at a compound annual rate of 0.2% over the 10 years through 2024-25. UK GDP forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.5% over the same period. The industry has been relatively stable with no great change in the services, markets or methods employed and still not recovered from pre-recession levels. Despite industry value added being projected to decline over the 10 years through 2024-25, technological development means there is potential for the industry to grow over the next five years...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Freight Road Transport Industry

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

  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Effective cost controls
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Industrial production index in the Freight Road Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Freight Road Transport Industry?

    This industry transports freight by road. This includes the haulage of bulk, stock and heavy, as well as both liquid and refrigerated transport. The industry also carries vehicles, waste materials and logs. The operation of terminals, packing and courier activities are not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Transport by articulated lorry
  • Transport by rigid lorry
  • Transport by light goods vehicle
  • Industry Activities
  • Transporting freight by road
  • Hiring road haulage vehicles with drivers
  • Haulage of refrigerated and liquid goods
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Industrial production index
  • Real private consumption expenditure
  • Demand from sea and coastal freight water transport
  • Fuel prices
  • Demand from freight rail transport

  • Current Performance
  • On the road
  • Emissions limits
  • Levelling the field
  • Duty on fuel
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Government involvement
  • Electric switch
  • Heavy goods vehicles
  • Table: Freight Road Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Building Project Development
  • Supermarkets
  • Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Wholesaling
  • Petrol Stations

  • Products & Services
  • Transport by articulated lorry
  • Transport by rigid lorry
  • Transport by light goods vehicle
  • Other
  • Chart: Freight Road Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retailers and wholesalers
  • Construction industries
  • Hydrocarbon and manufacturing industries
  • Other
  • Agriculture
  • Waste
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Freight Road Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Freight Road Transport

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Freight Road Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    DHL Supply Chain Ltd,
  • Table: DHL Supply Chain Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Freight Road 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 Road Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Heavy Goods Vehicle (Hgv)
  • A freight vehicle that weighs more than 3.5 tonnes.
  • Tail Swing
  • The distance between the rear axle and the rear of the vehicle.
  • Telematics
  • The integrated use of telecommunications and information processing to measure and send data.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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