"Taiwan Freight Transport Report Q4 2014" is now available at Fast Market Research

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Thu Nov 06 2014

Despite Taiwan's better than expected Q2 2014 GDP growth figures on the back of strong export orders and increased domestic investment, we maintain our 2014 GDP forecast at 3.1%. We expect growth to pick up to 4.1% in 2015, but note that structural headwinds will continue to hold the economy back.

Taiwanese real GDP growth came in at 3.8% in Q2 2014, with growth being fuelled by both rising exports and domestic demand. Despite the recent surge, we maintain our forecast for Taiwan's GDP to grow 3.1% in 2014, as we believe that renewed weakness in Chinese economic activity in H2 2014 will weigh on Taiwanese growth. Meanwhile, domestically, waning credit growth may be signalling an impending slowdown in domestic demand.

Recent indicators show that the growth momentum has picked up in the last six months. Industrial production grew 8.6% year-on-year (y-o-y) in June 2014, led by electronics and manufacturing, both of which are mainstays of the Taiwanese economy. The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) has also risen sharply ahead of the annual global tech cycle that tends to occur in Q3/4 due to seasonal factors. We believe that this rise is due to increases in cyclical demand from both the US and China, Taiwan's two major trade partners. Export orders, a leading indicator of future economic growth and external demand have also increased, rising to 10.6% y-o-y in June 2014 from 4.7% y-o-y in May 2014.

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We have pencilled in a fairly mundane short-term growth forecast for all of Taiwan's freight sectors, except road freight, which is set to excel in 2014. Leading the way in terms of y-o-y growth will indeed be road freight (16.46%), while the poorest performing mode will be rail freight at 1.50% growth this year. Both of the country's main ports will also see negligible growth this year.

Headline Industry Data

* 2014 air freight tonnage is expected to grow by 2.50% to 1.146mn tonnes.
* 2014 rail freight is forecast to rise by 1.50% to 11.334mn tonnes.
* 2014 road...

The Taiwan 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.

Business Monitor International (BMI)'s Taiwan Freight Transport Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Taiwanese freight transport and logistics industry.

Key Benefits

* Benchmark BMI's independent freight transport industry forecasts on Taiwan to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the strategic freight transport market.

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