The year that was

The first year of the Strategy was a new beginning in so many ways, not least for freight.

On the back of the significant impacts of bushfires, COVID-19 has drastically increased demand for supply chain performance information, while at the same time limiting insights we might derive from pre-2020 trends. While COVID-19 has touched every aspect of the freight and supply chain network in Australia, it has affected transport modes to differing degrees.

At a glance

Increasing demand, coupled with reduced congestion arising from COVID-19 shutdowns, has increased the efficiency of freight movements.

Air freight continues to be the most affected transport sector with a 74 per cent reduction in Regular Public Transport (RPT) domestic flights and an 83 per cent reduction in RPT international flights from July 2019 to July 2020. This has led to significant reductions in domestic and international air freight capacity.

International shipping has recovered quickly after experiencing a modest, initial slowdown caused by COVID-19, with some Australian ports now exceeding 2019 trade volumes and achieving record monthly throughputs.

Online shopping continues to increase, with parcel volumes up 80 per cent compared to last year.