Freight Transport by Sea in China Industry Research Report – Now Available from IBISWorld

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The Freight Transport by Sea industry in China is extremely sensitive to the global demand for Chinese goods. Over the five years through 2013, revenue has been falling, largely due to the global economic recession in 2009, says IBISWorld.

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Rising trade with ASEAN countries will increase freight transport demand in China.

The Freight Transport by Sea industry in China is mainly engaged in shipping exported items to their destination countries and territories from China. Therefore, industry performance is extremely sensitive to the global economic climate, which determines the demand for Chinese goods, says IBISWorld.

Over the five years through 2013, revenue for the Freight Transport by Sea industry in China has been falling at an annualized rate of 5.0%. The decline was largely due to the global economic recession, which led to industry revenue dropping sharply in 2009, says IBISWorld.

The International Transportation of Freight by Sea industry is highly concentrated: the top four companies, China Ocean Shipping Group, China Shipping Group, SINOTRANS / CSC Holdings, and Hosco Group, account for an estimated 68.3% of total revenue. These four are large state-owned companies under government administration. International freight shipping is reliant on high investment into fixed assets like ships, and its business has economies of scale. Therefore, government capital plays a dominant role and the business is concentrated in the major state-owned players, says IBISWorld.

Over the next five years, increasing trade with emerging markets, like the countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, will support revenue growth. State-owned capital will continue to support the development of the industry, but advances will be limited by the necessary high investments in technology and safety operation, says IBISWorld.

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IBISWorld Industry Report Key Topics

Businesses in the Freight Transport by Sea industry in China provide cargo transportation services between China and other countries, including leasing ocean-going freighters equipped with operators. This industry only includes businesses that make trans-oceanic journeys using ships of Chinese nationality. Passenger delivery and coastal freight transportation are excluded.

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