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New Zealand Freight and Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

New Zealand Freight and Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • October 2021
  • 386 pages
  • ID: 6177348
  • Format: PDF
  • Mordor Intelligence LLP


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The New Zealand Freight and Logistics Market were valued at USD 15.42 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 18.81 billion by 2026, witnessing a CAGR of 3.37% through the forecast period.

The Coronavirus is affecting New Zealand trucking companies that transport exports such as logs and meat to ports, as well as Chinese imports to New Zealand warehouses and retailers. A number of forestry operations across the country have ceased operations, with the Forest Industry Contractors Association reporting that approximately 30% of the country’s logging activities have stopped due to supply chain disruptions. This will have an impact on the logistics industry.

Road freight is the dominant mode of freight transport in New Zealand and accounts for almost 70% of the total domestic freight movement (in terms of ton-km) and over 90% of the freight (in terms of volume/tons).

Rail, although a small player in terms of employment and value-added within the wider transport, logistics, and distribution sector, plays a vital linking role between, for instance, Auckland, Tauranga, and Hamilton.

Key Market Trends

Population Growth Driving the Market

Hamilton is the third-largest city in New Zealand’s North Island, located around 125 kilometers south of Auckland. The city forms the southern point of New Zealand’s ‘golden triangle’, a geographic node, which encompasses Auckland, Tauranga, and Hamilton. It is responsible for approximately 50% of the country’s economic output and is home to half of the country’s total population.

In New Zealand, more than 90% of freight is transported by road, with 42% of the total freight (by tonnage) being moved within the golden triangle. There is likely to be an increase in freight over the next 25 years, in response to the population growth. At present, the population of the golden triangle region is approximately 2.47 million. This is forecast to grow to 3.24 million by 2043, registering a growth of 31%. This may create unprecedented demand for freight handling facilities in the region.

The New Zealand industrial and logistics sector has experienced strong growth over the past few years on the back of the country’s underlying economic fundamentals. with the rise in the population, the demand for online shopping has been growing continuosly. In 2019, the number of online shoppers in New Zealand surpassed two million, marking a significant milestone. This equates to nearly half of the adult population. That means that out of every 1,000 shoppers, 500 will visit their favourite online retailers. The average amount spent per online shopper has increased by 10%, from USD 2,134 to USD 2,349 in 2019.

Road Transport Sector Dominant in New Zealand

Road freight is the dominant mode of freight transport in New Zealand and accounts for almost 70% of the total domestic freight movement (in terms of ton-km) and over 90% of the freight (in terms of volume/ton). Road freight transportation is mostly used for transporting freight, which is time sensitive, as almost all the locations in the country can be reached through road. This is a competitive advantage for road freight transportation from other modes of transportation, such as coastal shipping and rail.
Roads are the backbone of New Zealand’s domestic transport system. In New Zealand, the main highways are owned and operated by the government through the Transport Agency. Local authorities generally own and maintain local roads, with the help of central government funding. The growth in the economy, rise in trade, and the increase in population are the drivers of the road freight transport segment of the market studied.
As most of the freight travel less than 100 kilometers, road transport is generally preferred over rail. The commodities, such as livestock, perishable items, such as groceries, fruit and vegetables, refrigerated, and dangerous goods, like LPG, are not suited to the repeated transshipping rail, thus they are generally transported by road.

Competitive Landscape

The New Zealand Freight and logistics market is fragmented with the presence of both international and local players. The market has a large number of local players like Mainfreight Limited, Carrolls Cartage Limited, First Global Logistics, TIL Logistics Group Limited. The market has a large number of players catering to road freight market which has led to the growing competition in the segment.

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