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Inland Water Transportation Industry Analysis

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Industry Overview & Outlook . .
- Market Size
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- Market Forecast   .
- Products/Services Breakdown   .
- Revenue per State . .
$ Financial Metrics . .
$ Salary & Compensation Benchmarks . .
@ Key Companies   .
- Industry News & Innovators   .
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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Inland Water Transportation

Overview: the U.S. Inland Water Transportation Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Inland Water Transportation: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

market size 2018
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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

market forecast

Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Inland Water Transportation industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Transportation Of Bulk Liquids And Gases In Intermodal Tank Containers By Water

Transportation Of Bulk Liquids And Gases, Except In Intermodal Tank Containers, By Water

Transportation Of Dry Bulks, Except In Intermodal Tank Containers, By Water

Transportation Of Boxed, Palletized, And Other Packed Goods, Not Climate-Controlled And Not In Intermodal Tank Containers, By W

Transportation Of Climate-Controlled Intermodal Containers, Not Elsewhere Classified, By Water

Transportation Of Other Goods By Water

Passenger Transportation By Water

Other Transportation Of Passengers By Water

Towing Services By Water

Other Products

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Inland Water Transportation Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Inland Water Transportation companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

example price index trendline

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Inland Water Transportation company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Inland Water Transportation industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Inland Water Transportation measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 3%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 10%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 72%
Water Transportation Workers 61%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 23%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 23%
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators 32%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 31%
Ship Engineers 6%
Ship Engineers 6%
Material Moving Workers 8%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Inland Water Transportation Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score

Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

Latest Industry News

  • Over 200 inland ports in HCMC to face closure - which will adversely affect inland waterway transport, according to the municipal Transport Department. Cargo is loaded and unloaded at an inland port in the outlying district of Nha Be in HCMC The department said it is going to cease issuing new licenses ... (01/13/2018)
  • Road salt contributes to waterways becoming more salty, Chatham professor finds - U.S. inland waterways are becoming more salty ... Salinization increases corrosion of transportation infrastructure, with United States economic costs estimated in the billions of dollars,” the study said. Utz said the Clean Air Act Amendments of ... (01/12/2018)
  • India to have 10,000 seaplanes in next 2 years: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari - "The state governments should take to new modes of transportation, including inland waterways to avoid pollution and related issues arising out of road transport," the minister said. He was speaking at the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony of the new bridge on ... (01/12/2018)
  • Muktyala inland waterway works progressing well - The project was drawn up under National Inland Waterway-4 (NIW) project and Union minister for transport and shipping, Nitin Gadkari laid tits foundation stone around three months back. The NIW-4 project was intended to develop inland waterways from ... (01/11/2018)
  • Common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods - Intermodal transport largely uses modes of transport – such as rail, inland waterways and maritime transport – that cause less negative externalities (emissions, noise and accidents). While aiming at the specific target for modal shift defined in the ... (01/11/2018)
  • Centre announces Rs 1,000 cr for inland water transport in Thane - In an important development, the union transport minister announced funds for inland water transport (IWT) in Thane. An inland water transport system may soon be a reality in Thane region as the Centre has announced funds of Rs 1,000 crore for the same. (01/08/2018)
  • Europe Inland Waterways Vessel Market worth $115bn by 2024: Global Market Insights, Inc. - Inland Waterways Vessel Market in Europe is set to reach USD 115 billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Increasing freight transportation through waterways and rising marine passenger traffic led by regular ... (01/03/2018)
  • Sokoto distributes 22 boats to enhance transportation - Sokoto State Government has provided 22 boats to enhance inland water transportation in the state, an official said on Tuesday. Alhaji Ibrahim Dingyadi, Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency ( SEMA ), said in Sokoto, that the ... (01/02/2018)
  • Opening new world for business & employment opportunities in North-East via inland waterways - With this, IWAI will be initiating regular cargo movement through inland waterways under the Sagarmala programme. Transportation of cargo through NW 2 from Pandu to Dhubri will help save 150,000 tonne km of road transportation per trip and 300 km of road ... (01/02/2018)
  • Centre sanctions Rs 1,250 cr for Assam inland transport - Chairing a high powered meeting of the Brahmaputra Board and Water Resources Department at Kaziranga in the state, he said his ministry’s decision to pump in this financial assistance was aimed at an all-round development of the inland transport sector ... (12/31/2017)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $6,718,719 on Inland Water Transportation. It has awarded 146 contracts to 50 companies, with an average value of $134,374 per company.   

Top government vendors:

CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Inland Water Transportation to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

Trans Of Bulk Liquids & Gases, Except In Intermodal Tank Cont By Wat
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Inland Water TransportationOpportunity/Threat
Coastal & Great Lakes Freight Transportation
Inland Water Freight Transportation Competing industry
Deep Sea Freight Transportation Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Trans Of Bulk Liquids & Gases, Except In Intermodal Tank Cont By Wat are less than those from Inland Water Transportation. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Trans Of Bulk Liquids & Gases, Except In Intermodal Tank Cont By Wat sales, taking market share from this industry.
Trans Of Bulk Liquids & Gases, Except In Intermodal Tank Cont By Wat Product Sales Report

Trans Of Dry Bulks, Except In Intermodal Tank Containers, By Water
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Inland Water TransportationOpportunity/Threat
Deep Sea Freight Transportation
Coastal & Great Lakes Freight Transportation
Inland Water Freight Transportation Competing industry

Since sales from Inland Water Transportation are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Trans Of Dry Bulks, Except In Intermodal Tank Containers, By Water, companies in the Inland Water Transportation industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
Trans Of Dry Bulks, Except In Intermodal Tank Containers, By Water Product Sales Report

Trans Box & Pal Gds, No Clim-Cntrl, Except Intrmdl Tank Cont, Wat
Trans Box & Pal Gds, No Clim-Cntrl, Except Intrmdl Tank Cont, Wat Product Sales Report

Passenger Transportation By Water
Passenger Transportation By Water Product Sales Report