Venezuela Freight Transport Report

Published 09 December 2014

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Venezuela Freight Transport Report
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Low Cargo Growth Expected in 2015

BMI envisages very low cargo volume growth in 2015, due to a standstill economy and a number of industry-specific problems. The freight transport sector faces ongoing concerns about the lack of sustainable import demand and slowing oil exports. Chronic mismanagement of the country's port facilities since they were nationalised in 2009 has damaged their international reputation and their profit-making capabilities. We do not expect any significant recouping of lost throughput levels over the medium term. Over a longer period, investments from China could see the facilities begin to regain some lost ground. Regarding other transport modes, airfreight sector remains restricted by currency controls. Venezuela lacks reliable data on its small rail freight and large road haulage volumes, but cargo growth on both will be kept to low single percentage digits.

BMI remains bearish on the current and immediate outlook for the Venezuelan economy. We have cut back our forecast for economic growth, and are now predicting GDP expansion of only 0.8% in 2015, following an estimated contraction of 2.0% in 2014. Even this is subject to significant downside risk. The massive distortions in the Venezuelan economy caused by complicated and ever-changing government policies, a hostile business climate, and rampant inflation will cap growth over the coming years. Productive capacity has been shrinking, a number of businesses have been forced to close, and downward revisions of international oil price forecasts are expected to have a serious impact, since crude oil is in effect the only significant Venezuelan export.

Headline Industry Data

  • Air freight volume carried in 2015 will expand by 3.7% to 5.11mn tonnes-km, with average annual growth of 3.7% to 2019.

  • 2015 Puerto Cabello tonnage throughput growth forecast at 1.1%. Slow growth - lagging behind GDP - is expected to continue over the medium term, averaging 1.6% to 2019.

  • 2015 port of La Guaira...

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BMI Industry View
Freight Transport
Business Environment
Industry Forecast
Table: Air Freight
Table: Maritime Freight
Table: Trade Overview
Table: Key Trade Indicators
Table: Top Import Sources, 2004-2012, USDmn
Table: Top Export Destinations, USDmn, 2004-2012, USDmn
Market Overview
Industry Trends And Developments
Company Profile
Petr-leos de Venezuela Marina
Political Outlook
Domestic Politics
Long-Term Political Outlook
Table: Political Overview
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Table: Economic Activity (Venezuela 2009-2018)
Demographic Forecast
Demographic Outlook 2015
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Venezuela 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Venezuela 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Venezuela 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Venezuela 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Venezuela 1990-2025)
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology

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

Key Benefits

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