All active economies require an efficient and developed logistics network to operate properly. Goods and supplies must be carried to and fro, and specialised infrastructure must be provided. Special products will require special carriers, like liquids, flammable substances and large pieces. Without this, many industries and productive circles won't be able to function properly and supply other areas with their products. Economy is very entwined and all sectors depend from other sectors. What makes these links possible is a logistics network that can meet the requrements of all businesses involved.
The local economy of Australia has been growing in the past few years, and its internal and international logistics network has developed accordingly, in order to satisfy the needs of all growing sectors. Air, sea, rail and road transportation are available for companies and customers, and this has become a very good niche for international investment. UK companies have started to target Australia as a destination - or even a new placement - for their activities. One of the latest examples of a British company expanding to Australia has been the case of , the London-based shipping and removals entrepreneurship which has managed to increase its revenue and reach offshore markets.
Several developed countries have a very rich and extense network of roads and highways, but Australia in particular has been described by many as the country that relies the most on truck transporation. This isn't surprising, as there are very few rivers for fluvial transportation, so most cheap inland cargo is carried by truck. However, most of said cargo comes from the same sector, which is the mining sector. Australian mining and LPG industry is very powerful and the country exports tons of fuel every year, so a large logistics network is needed.
Of course, cargo trucks are also subjected to the evolution of technology, and the Australians will happily apply the latest inventions and discoveries in order to make their transport system more efficient and environment-friendly. There is massive investment in land logistics in this country, and even so, just as it happens in many other countries of the world, there is shortage of drivers. This seems to prove that the cargo truck sector isn't threatened as a job market, even if some of the latest technological advances, the driverless truck, is rearing its head into the Australian market.
Driverless trucks are attractive to many investors because they are far more economic than regular trucks. They don't need commodities for the driver, rests, or space for the cabin. They are also much safer than driven trucks because most road accidents involving trucks have been caused by human error. Driverless trucks for highway transportation are still being tested, and there are many legal issues to address before they can become an organic part of the logistics sector. However, remote control operated trucks are already being used in Australian mines to carry ore around the wide terrains. It isn't exagerated to say that autonomous trucks could change the market in the next decade or so.
Cargo trucks are far from being the only means of transport that customers or businesses can use to carry goods within, into and out the country. Railroad transportation, air freight and shipping are other options and they are often chosen as an alternative for land transport. In the case of international transportation, air and sea freight are the only options available due to obvious reasons. However, inside the country, the most widely used mean of transport still remains the cargo truck.
The shipping industry has been facing quite a challenge in the last few years in Australia. Some of these are a part of the global shipping situation, with shipping rates hit rock bottom due to many factors. Mainly, there is too much competition between shipping companies from different countries, and there is an overabundance of vessels and company owners have a hard time getting them full and getting them to sail away. This situation causes ship owners to lower prices, which is convenient for customers but not so much for those who run the business.
Air freight is another option for transport, but it isn't very popular, especially for massive cargo, because it's far more expensive. Air freight is more popular within customers who purchase online or people who relocate to Australia and don't want to wait for a ship to arrive. A recent ban in aircraft freight is affecting imports to Australia from Bangladesh due to safety concerns, and this has also impacted quite a few customers who used to purchase these items.
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