India Freight Transport Report Q1 2015 - New Market Study Published

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Wed Jan 07 2015

India's state-run major ports continue to be the underperformers in the BRIC country's freight transport infrastructure, with volumes at many facilities struggling to grow in recent years. Ports have also been harmed by a ban on iron ore mining, and a fall in exports to Europe.

A case in point is the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India's largest in terms of containers handled, which has seen a decrease in its box throughput as it continues to chase the elusive fourth terminal. We see strong growth potential in the air freight sector, however, as air freight and logistics companies look to capitalise on India's growing pharmaceuticals export market, though national carrier Air India will struggle to take on this mantle given its financial constraints. The opening up of the air sector to foreign players could provide a boost to the market.

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Headline Industry Data

* 2014/15 (ending March 31 2015) Port of Kandla tonnage throughput is forecast to grow by 1.4% and is projected to average growth of 2.3% a year from 2015/16 to 2019/20.
* 2014/15 rail freight growth forecast is 4.0% and is projected to average 5.6% to from 2015/16 to 2019/20.
* 2014/15 air freight tonnes growth forecast is 4.7% and is forecast to average 5.7% to from 2015/16 to 2019/20.
* 2014/15 total trade real growth forecast at 8.4%, and to average 8.6% to from 2015/16 to 2019/20.

Key Industry Trends

India-Afghan Trade To Be Boosted By New Links: Trade volumes between India and Afghanistan will be boosted, thanks to the long-delayed Chabahar port project in Iran moving forward. The port will also offer India greater access to the Central Asian market via Iran.

Network Expansion Will Not Solve All Rail Freight Woes: Plans to improve and expand railway connectivity at India's ports is a positive step for the rail freight sector; however we caution that this move alone will not resolve the underlying fundamental issues that plague the country's rail freight network.

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The India Freight Transport Report has been researched at source, and features latest-available data covering commercial transport and logistics by road, rail, air and water; industry forecasts, company rankings covering leading national and multinational operators; and analysis of latest industry trends, opportunities, projects and regulatory changes.

Business Monitor International (BMI)'s India Freight Transport Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Indian freight transport and logistics industry.

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