Strong delivery: After marginally declining in 2016-17, revenue has returned to strong growth

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 76% of all goods moved in the United Kingdom in 2016. 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...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£28.7bn
Annual Growth 14-19
3.0%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
247,665
Businesses
53,249
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The HGV road user levy has benefited firms that move goods to and from Europe
  • The introduction of the HGV road user levy resulted in a surge in enterprise numbers
  • Government efforts to reduce emissions are expected to be detrimental to the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Industry operators use two main types of vehicles to transport goods both domestically and internationally; light goods vehicles (LGVs), which loaded weigh less than 3.5 tonnes and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), which weigh more than 3.5 tonnes. Road freight activity can be split between own account operators and public haulage operators. Public haulage operators usually carry a higher proportion of activity than own account operators, with public haulage operators representing 55% of all goods lifted in 2016.Transport by articulated lorryArticulated lorries are lorry and trailer combinations that are capable of carrying between 26 and 44 tonnes. They are most commonly used for carrying long-distance road freight in the United Kingdom. Art...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Freight Road Transport Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Freight Road Transport Industry are

  • Output is sold under contract - incorporate long-term sales contracts
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Effective cost controls
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Industrial production index in the Freight Road Transport industry impact industry performance..

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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 lorry
  • Transport by rigid lorry
  • Transport by light goods vehicle
  • Transport by specialised vehicle
  • Industry Activities
  • Transporting freight by road
  • Hiring lorries with drivers
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Industrial production index
  • Real private consumption expenditure
  • Demand from sea and coastal freight water transport
  • Fuel prices
  • Demand from freight rail transport

  • Current Performance
  • On the road
  • Emissions limits
  • Levelling the field
  • Duty on fuel
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Government involvement
  • Electric switch
  • Heavy goods vehicles
  • Table: Freight Road Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Freight Road Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Building Project Development
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
  • Motor Vehicle Parts Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Transport by articulated lorry
  • Transport by rigid lorry
  • Transport by light goods vehicle
  • Transport by specialised vehicle
  • Other
  • Chart: Freight Road Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retailers and wholesalers
  • Construction industries
  • Agriculture and other chemical users
  • Other
  • Energy and manufacturing industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Freight Road Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationRent and utilities
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Freight Road Transport

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Freight Road Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    DHL Supply Chain Ltd,
  • Table: DHL Supply Chain Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Freight Road Transport Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Freight Road Transport Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Heavy Goods Vehicle (Hgv)
  • A freight vehicle that weighs more than 3.5 tonnes.
  • Tail Swing
  • The distance between the rear axle and the rear of the vehicle.
  • Telematics
  • The integrated use of telecommunications and information processing to measure and send data.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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