China's Port and Harbor Operators Boosted by Growing Trade, Foreign Investment, Says IBISWorld

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China is the largest country for harbor and port operations in the world. Revenue for the Harbor and Port Operations for Freight industry in China is estimated at $46.3 billion in 2012, representing an annualized increase of 6.0% over the past five years to 2012, according to IBISWorld. The expansion of major players and an increase in the number of deep-water berths will drive future growth. Further, the rapid growth of international trade will encourage more foreign ventures to invest in the industry, bringing not only capital but also advanced technology and management to domestic operations.

IBISWorld Market Research

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The Chinese government aims to increase the number of deep-water berths and the construction of coal, crude oil, iron ore and container wharves over the next few years.

China is the largest country for harbor and port operations in the world, with 10.04 billion tons of freight throughput in 2011. In 2012, total throughput is estimated at 10.76 billion tons, up 7.2%. Revenue for the Harbor and Port Operations for Freight industry in China is estimated at $46.3 billion in 2012, representing an annualized increase of 6.0% over the past five years to 2012, according to IBISWorld.

There are almost 800 harbor and port operators in the industry and over 37,500 berths used for freight transportation. The largest players, located in China’s most economically developed coastal cities, are Shanghai International Port (Group), Tianjin Port, and Dalian Port (PDA) Company. Overall, the industry is subject to a low concentration level; however, in several major product and geographical markets, the concentration level is high. In the coal product transport segment, for example, operators are concentrated in ports located in North China and East China.

The Chinese government aims to increase the number of deep-water berths and the construction of coal, crude oil, iron ore and container wharves over the next few years. Further, more foreign ventures will invest in the Harbor and Port Operations for Freight industry, bringing not only capital but also advanced technology and management to the industry. Foreign investment restrictions on harbors and ports in mainland China were lowered by the government in 2004. Since then, more foreign companies have entered the market, especially firms from Hong Kong and Singapore. Due to the rapid growth of international trade, harbors and ports in China are increasingly preferred by foreign investors.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Harbor & Port Operations for Freight in China industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

The Harbor and Port Operations for Freight industry in China comprises establishments that provide operational services for freight transportation in harbors and ports. These services include loading, unloading, storage and packing of freight, piloting, towing, and parking and logistics for freight ships.

Industry Performance
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Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain Products & Services Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
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About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

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