Fast Market Research recommends "Israel Freight Transport Report Q4 2012" from Business Monitor International, now available
Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/05/2012 -- The outlook is not entirely sanguine for the Israeli freight transport sector. We estimate growth in air and rail freight to have been either sedate to the extreme or negative in 2011, with risks to the downside, and the picture has not vastly improved so far in 2012. Both the national airline and container shipping company, El Al and Zim, have both declared losses for H112 and the country's trade outlook is uncertain, with our country risk desk forecasting a flat year for total trade real growth. From 2013 we project that the situation will improve, although in a sedate manner.
Headline Industry Data
- 2012 air freight growth is forecast at 3.1%; we project average growth of 4.3% per annum to 2016.
- 2012 Port of Haifa tonnage throughput growth is forecast at 8.2%, following growth of 4.2% in 2011, and to average 4.7% per annum to 2016.
- 2012 rail freight tonnage is forecast to grow by 3.3%, following an estimated contraction of 4.5% in 2011, to average 4.6% to 2016.
- Total trade growth in real terms in 2012 is forecast to be flat at 0.0% and averaging 3.1% to 2016.
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Key Industry Trends
El Al's Freight Revenue Declines 7%: Israel's flag carrier El Al Israel Airlines registered a 7% year-onyear (y-o-y) decline in freight revenue to US$47.6mn in Q212. However, the airline's net loss narrowed to US$6.2mn in the reported quarter, compared with US$20mn net loss in the same period a year before. The company's gross profit jumped to more than US$75mn in Q212 from US$60mn in Q211, while its total revenue slipped by 3% y-o-y to US$516.8mn.
Israel Railways To Inaugurate New Subsidiary: A newly-formed railway subsidiary will operate Israel Railways' freight services from Q312. The unnamed company will be legally established by the end of H112. Israel Railways intends to use the new business model to double the volume of rail freight traffic handled by 2016, thereby increasing annual revenue to US$87mn in 2016 and US$128mn in 2020. Another subsidiary will be established in order to manage Israel Railways' property assets.
Eilat Suffers In 2012: 2012 is turning out to be a tough year for Israel's Port of Eilat (also known as Elat). The country's third largest facility and only port on the Red Sea has seen just one bidder remaining for its privatisation tender and has recorded a decline in throughput, which BMI forecasts will lead to the facility posting its second consecutive year of throughput decline.
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