Israel Freight Transport Report

Published 01 September 2015

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Israel Freight Transport Report
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BMI View: We forecast positive growth across Israel's freight transport modes in 2015 and 2016. This is an improvement on recent years, when the sector has seen declining volumes on air planes and at the country's major ports, thanks to sluggish economic growth - both domestically and in major trade partner Europe - and political instability on its borders with other states, and with Gaza . Political risk is always a threat in Israel, and could derail our forecasts should further war break out with Gaza or other of Israel's neighbours, but at present the outlook is relatively sanguine. That said, growth in freight transport volumes will be outpaced by other regional markets. Israel's freight transport sector is already well developed, and further, given the regional political situation, it serves almost exclusively the domestic market.

Israel's trade will experience positive real growth over the coming years, despite an expected decline in nominal trade in 2015. This will support the freight transport sector's growth. Given that Israel is not a major trade hub, despite its strategic location between East and West, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, demand is almost solely driven by domestic macroeconomic concerns. Poor political relations with its neighbours mean that transit trade is minimal, although there was a pick-up in this in 2011 when the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War meant that transiting through this country was no longer possible.

As a developed market, growth in Israel's road haulage volumes will be sedate, if steady. A positive outlook for private consumption growth in the country supports this view. Israeli road freight volumes, which are to a large degree informed by private consumption, will expand by 2.5% in 2015 and 4.2% in 2016, reflecting our positive outlook on the economy.

We expect that rail freight will be the outperforming freight transport mode in Israel in 2015 and over our medium-term forecast period to 2019. Although Israel's...

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BMI Industry View
Freight Transport
Operational Risk
Industry Forecast
Trade Forecast
Table: Trade Overview (Israel 2012-2019)
Table: Key Trade Indicators (Israel 2012-2019)
Table: Main Import Partners
Table: Main Export Partners
Road Freight Forecast
Table: Road Freight (Israel 2012-2019)
Rail Freight Forecast
Table: Rail Freight (Israel 2012-2019)
Air Freight Forecast
Table: Air Freight (Israel 2012-2019)
Market Overview
Company Profile
El Al Israel Airlines
Political Outlook
Domestic Politics
Rolling Back Two Years
Long-Term Political Outlook
BMI's Long-Term Political Risk Index
Table: Israel Political Overview
Oil Price Outlook
Global - Crude Oil, Refined Fuels And Natural Gas Prices, 10-Year Forecasts
Table: Energy Price Forecasts (Global 2013-2018)
Table: Energy Price Forecasts (Global 2019-2024)
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Economic Analysis
Expenditure Breakdown
Table: Economic Activity (Israel 2010-2019)
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Israel 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Israel 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Israel 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Israel 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Israel 1990-2025)
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology

The Israel 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 Israel Freight Transport Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Israeli freight transport and logistics industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent freight transport industry forecasts on Israel 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 Israeli freight transport sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Israel.
  • 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.

Industry Trends and Developments

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.