New Market Research Report: Australia Shipping Report Q2 2015

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Mon Feb 16 2015

The headwinds are beginning to circle around the Australian economy and, by extension, the country's shipping industry, this is especially the case over the short-term. Growth will be muted at the country's main ports in 2015 with the port of Fremantle leading the way in terms of year-on-year (y-o-y) tonnage growth of 3.40% and box throughput growth of 3.70%. Meanwhile, the port of Melbourne will finally see positive growth return after two years of stagnation. We have decided to stick to last quarter's forecasts across the board.

In terms of the wider economy, although net exports are now beginning to contribute positively to growth in real terms - indeed, exports expanded at an 11.3% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) in Q3 2014, while imports contracted by 3.7%. However, this merely represents the difficulty that the Australian economy will face in rebalancing its external accounts amid deterioration in its terms of trade.

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Headline Industry Data

* 2015 port of Melbourne tonnage throughput forecast to grow 1.60%.
* 2015 port of Melbourne container throughput forecast to rise 1.10%.
* 2015 port of Sydney tonnage throughput forecast to increase 1.42%.
* 2015 port of Sydney container throughput forecast to increase 3.60%.
* 2015 port of Brisbane tonnage throughput forecast to rise 2.60%.
* 2015 port of Brisbane container throughput forecast to grow 3.00%
* 2015 total trade growth forecast to grow by 3.34%.

Key Developments

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The Australia Shipping Report has been researched at source and features latest-available data and Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent forecasting, critically analysing international transport of dry bulk and containers. The report evaluates the global commodities and trade backdrop, alongside in-depth country-specific analysis of trade prospects. The report also contains company profiles covering leading multinational and national shipping companies and analysis of latest industry news, trends and regulatory developments in Australia.

BMI's Australia Shipping Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the shipping industry in Australia.

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