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Freight Road Transport in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

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 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
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 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


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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

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