The road freight transportation services market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4% over the next five years, to reach a total market value of $2,021 billion in 2017.
A strong growth was witnessed within the market over the past five years, with this momentum expected to continue through to 2017.
Growth within the market has been fuelled by government incentives to adopt green technologies that are strengthening the business case for hybrid power train systems and the increasing demand for road freight, driven by modest economic growth.
The road freight transportation services market has come through several difficult years. High fuel prices created upheaval in the industry, only to have the recession reduce freight volumes. Freight volumes fell as consumers cut spending, manufacturers reduced production, construction activity stalled and retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers ran down stock levels.
In the UK, revenue declined two years in a row. However, the industry returned to growth in 2011-12 and has been predicted to continue growth through 2012-13, with revenue forecast to increase 3.4% to £23.8 billion.
The market does however still face a number of challenges including retaining drivers, a shortage of drivers, high cost of truck downtime, and highway funding.
North America dominates the road freight transportation services market, taking the majority market share. Growth within this region has been predominantly down to improvements in the shipping supply chain.
Asia Pacific and Rest of the World markets are expected to grow rapidly over the next 10 years due to the presence of high growth potential markets such as China, India, and Vietnam.
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