Future Market Insights (FMI) analysts estimate that global minor bulk traded has increased to 1.74 billion tonnes. Bulk terminals play an important role in industrial infrastructure by ensuring the safe and efficient movement of critical resources. Despite recent declines in global seaborne trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global minor bulk trade has expanded significantly.
Steel and forest products account for 43% of minor bulk trade, according to the FMI report. Furthermore, metals and minerals account for approximately 37% of minor bulk trade, followed by agricultural products, which account for 20% of minor bulk trade.
In order to supplement the effectiveness and flexibility of their high-investment bulk assets in dynamic markets that drive raw material demand, operators and owners must supplement the effectiveness and flexibility of their high-investment bulk assets. Advanced supply chains prioritise long-term digital ecosystem penetration and manufacturing method automation. Agricultural yield is concentrated primarily in countries such as the United States, Argentina, Brazil, China, and India, which account for more than 34% of grain export and import as minor bulk commodities.
Bulk Terminals Market Size Study
- Sales of bulk terminals to remain stable over forecast period, 2020-2030
- Dry bulk continues to generate greater total returns to shareholders (TRS)
- Nearly 190 terminals were under expansion worldwide in June 2019, with additional 49 under construction
- Markets in Europe and North America to generate relevant value through 2030
“Majority of global trades are performed through coastal routes, as such, proper functioning of maritime transport is quintessential in overall progress of countries participating in global trade. Port operation accents for heavy investments in manpower and equipment. Consequently, various countries are embracing Public-Private Partnership (PPP), wherein operations and management duties are outsourced to private firms, while respective governments own certain land and assets,” says analyst at FMI.
COVID-19 Impact on Bulk Terminals Market
Due to strict lockdown measures, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing massive supply chain disruptions in the bulk terminals market, particularly in Asian supplier regions. Such stringent measures have resulted in a labour shortage – truck drivers and labourers – at port terminals.
Furthermore, the market is suffering from a lack of transportation facilities such as. According to studies, the number of trucks and containers dropped by about half due to a decrease in the number of trailers and a lack of drivers. This has slowed transshipment operations at terminals even more.
Because of growing concerns about worker safety, several end-use industrial operators have temporarily halted manufacturing processes, reducing demand for bulk terminals. Upgrading automation capabilities will be critical for staying afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.
Bulk Terminals Market – Competitive Intelligence
Leading players in global bulk terminals market are focused on inorganic growth strategies such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as well as contracts in order to boost theor market presence. Case in point,
- Ultramar Group has entered into transshipment collaboration with Acron Group to transship over 1.2 million tons per year (tpy) of mineral fertilizers.
- Noatum Maritime has taken over multi-purpose bulk terminal business from Noatum Ports.
- Teck Resources and Westshore Terminals have entered into an agreement for new throughput contract for export of metallurgical coal beginning in April 2021. The contract will witness 5-7 million mt of metallurgical coal exported from April through December 2021.
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