Rail Transportation in Canada: Market Research Report

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Rail Transportation in Canada Market Research Report | NAICS 48211CA | Apr 2013

Full load: Manufacturing will pick up as consumers spend more, driving demand for rail services

IBISWorld’s Rail Transportation market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 08-13
Annual Growth 13-18
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Rail Transportation industry has managed to emerge from the past five years with overall growth. Because the industry is strongly connected to trade volumes, the recovery in the total trade value boosted industry revenue. With the recovering economy, manufacturing will pick up as consumers begin to spend more, driving demand for industry transportation services. Additionally, as oil prices rise, industry operators will charge fuel surcharges, which will aid in revenue growth... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

Overall, the industry has a high barriers to entry. Companies must have large amounts of capital to establish new rail networks and to purchase cars and locomotives. The large capital outlays result in initial low rates of return on capital, which discourages new entrants. The barriers to entry into regional and local operations are equally high because Class I rail carriers dominate the industry. In fact, Class I carriers are increasingly acquiring small rail carriers. The total number of enterprises has grown an annualized 0.4% in the past five years, while the number of establishments remains unchanged. The industry is expected to further consolidate through mergers and acquisitions over the next five years... purchase to read more


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What is the Rail Transportation Industry?

This industry primarily operates railways, including long-haul or mainline railways, short-haul railways and passenger railways. Companies do not operate street railways and urban rapid transit, tourist and scenic trains, or switching and terminal railways.

Industry Products
Freight transportationPassenger transportation
Industry Activities
Transporting freight by railTransporting passengers by rail

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