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Freight Road Transport in the UK: Market Research Report

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Freight Road Transport Market Research Report | SIC H49.410 | Oct 2016

Heavy lifters: Road transport accounts for the majority of goods carried, supporting growth

IBISWorld’s Freight Road Transport market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
DHL Supply Chain Ltd DHL Supply Chain Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Falling business confidence in 2016-17 is expected to reduce the industry's rate of growth
  • Smaller operators have largely been unable to take advantage of expensive technological innovations
  • The government's focus on reducing emissions is likely to hamper the industry's performance
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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 delivery. 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 74% of all goods moved in the United Kingdom in 2014. 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 years. Demand for industry services plummeted before the start of the period but has been slowly recovering since... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The UK Freight Road Transport industry has a medium level of capital intensity. The industry is relatively labour intensive, since each vehicle requires at least one driver. In 2016-17, businesses in the industry are expected to operate with a capital-to-labour ratio of 0.28:1. This means that for every £1.00 invested in capital, industry operators are expected to spend £3.64 on wages.

Depreciation costs are expected to increase over the period due to new emissions controls and new technology, such as computerised tracking, communication and monitoring systems, which have increased the cost of new lorries and vans. On the other hand, third-party lease operators provide an increasing amount of finance for vehicles, reducing the industry's capital requirements. Alt.. 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... purchase to read more


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    What is the Freight Road Transport Industry?

    Industry firms transport freight by road. This includes bulk, stock and heavy haulage; refrigerated and liquid haulage; and the transport of cars, waste and waste materials. Packing and the operation of freight terminals are not covered by the industry. Courier activities are also not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
    Transport by articulated lorryTransport by rigid lorryTransport by light goods vehicleTransport by specialised vehicle
    Industry Activities
    Transporting freight by roadHiring lorries with drivers

    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
  • Business confidence index
  • Industrial production index
  • Total freight task
  • Demand from freight rail transport
  • Fuel prices
  • Real private consumption expenditure
  • Current Performance
  • Duty on fuel
  • Electric innovations
  • Profit performance
  • Replacement rail service
  • Road safety
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Road to exports
  • Government intervention
  • 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
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Building Project Development
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • Transport by articulated lorry
  • Transport by rigid lorry
  • Transport by light goods vehicle
  • Transport by specialised vehicle
  • Other
  • Chart: Freight Road Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retailers and wholesalers
  • Other
  • Construction industries
  • Energy and manufacturing industries
  • Agriculture and other chemical users
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Freight Road Transport Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Freight Road Transport
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Freight Road Transport Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    DHL Supply Chain Ltd
  • Table: DHL Supply Chain Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Freight Road Transport Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Heavy Goods Vehicle (Hgv)
  • A freight vehicle that weighs more than 3.5 tonnes.
  • Intermodal Traffic
  • Using standardised trailers to carry shipping containers on different modes of transport.
  • 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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    • 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 of 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 Freight Road Transport 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
    • And of course, much more

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