Colombia Freight Transport Report 2016

Colombia Freight Transport Report 2016

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Published on Nov 02, 2015 - 59 pages

Growth across the Colombian freight mix is set to remain relatively strong in 2015. This trend follows the news that Colombia's real GDP growth is poised for a robust expansion in the coming quarters, though cooling slightly from the 5.4% year-on-year (y-o-y) growth recorded in H1 2014. However, while Colombia will continue to outpace much of the rest of Latin America in the coming quarters, this will be in the context of modestly slowing real GDP growth.

This year we expect the port of Cartagena to see more muted y-o-y growth compared to recent years (between 2010 and 2012 inclusive, growth came in at double figures), but it will still outperform domestic rival the port of Buenaventura in terms of annual gains (4.50% compared to 3.31%, respectively). Rail freight will also see healthy growth of 7.00%, ahead of the road and air freight modes (5.23% and 5.00% respectively).

Headline Industry Data

The port of Cartagena will see total tonnage volume increase by 4.50% to 21.63mn tonnes in 2015.
Total tonnage handled at the Pacific port of Buenaventura will be up by a more restrained 3.31% to 9.72mn tonnes.
Air freight tonnage handled will grow by 5.00% in 2015.
Road freight tonnage handled will increase by 5.23% in 2015.
Rail freight tonnage handled will rise by 7.00% in 2015.

Key Trends And Developments

Infrastructure Must Improve To Aid Freight Growth: Insufficient infrastructure network in Colombia is proving to be a key stumbling block to growth, according to a Standard and Poor's report in 2014. The report explained: 'Considering that Colombia's economy has the potential to be the third largest in the region - after Brazil's and Mexico's - the improvement of the transport network is crucial in boosting the country's competitiveness and maintaining its economic growth in the medium and long-term.'

The Colombia Freight Transport Report has been researched at source, and features latest-available data covering commercial transport and logistics by road, rail, air and water; industry forecasts, company rankings covering leading national and multinational operators; and analysis of latest industry trends, opportunities, projects and regulatory changes.

BMI Research's Colombia Freight Transport Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Colombian freight transport and logistics industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent freight transport industry forecasts on Colombia to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the strategic freight transport market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Colombian freight transport sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Colombia.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs, and latest activity).

BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering freight transport and logistics, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the freight transport sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry and economic indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast including:

  • Transport Sector: Total freight carried by road, rail, inland waterways, maritime, air and pipeline (mn tonnes-km/mn tonnes).
  • Trade: Exports and imports (USDmn) by category of goods (manufactured goods, food, chemicals etc.); top five import and export trade partners (USDmn); imports/exports to each global region (USDmn)
  • Port Data: Throughput (‘000 tonnes) for all major ports in the state.
  • Oil Products Prices: Price forecasts for gasoline and aviation fuel (USD/bbl) at all major global energy trading hubs.
  • Economic Indicators: Nominal GDP (USDbn); real GDP growth (%); GDP per capita (USD); industrial production (%); unemployment (%)
Market Overview

Details of the freight infrastructure in each state by segment (road, rail, air, water and pipelines). Full analysis of the competitive landscape within each segment.

IndustryTrends andDevelopments

Analysis of the latest projects across the freight transport sector (road, rail, air, sea and logistics) including a market overview which provides an outline of the key elements driving development.

Political Outlook

The Freight Transport market reports contain a chapter detailing the political outlook of a given region, examining the domestic politics, long-term outlook and foreign policy, and assessing the impact this could have on freight and transport businesses.

Company Profiles*

Examines the short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate company SWOT analyses.

The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Freight Transport reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Freight Transport
Industry Forecast
Table: Table 1: Air Freight, 2012-19
Table: Table 2: Maritime Freight, 2012-19
Table: TABLE 3: Road Freight, 2012-19
Table: Table 4: Rail Freight, 2012-19
Table: Table 5: Inland Waterway Freight, 2012-19