In this article we take a look at the income generated from land transport activities. Just how much money is earned from transporting mining commodities via trains for example to harbors for export? Or how much income is generated by courier companies delivering parcels all across South Africa each month?
Income earned from land transport activities per commodity type
The pie chart below shows the income generated by land transport activities in South Africa during October 2019 for a multitude of different commodities. The biggest contributor is the income generated by transporting primary mining and quarrying products. This is largely driven by coal being transported by train from various coal mines to the Richards Bay coal terminal. This coal is then exported to countries such as India and South Africa. Read more about South Africa's international trade here.
The summary below shows the income generated by land transport activities in South Africa for October 2019, ranked from highest to lowest
- Primary mining and quarrying products: R 4 749 000 000
- Other freight: R 2 615 000 000
- Manufactured food, beverages and tobacco products: R 1 699 000 000
- Agriculture and forestry primary products: R 986 000 000
- Chemicals, coke, petroleum, rubber, plastic and other mineral products: R 984 000 000
- Containers: R 764 000 000
- Motor vehicles, parts and accessories: R 364 000 000
- Basic metals and fabricated metal products: R 321 000 000
- Commercial products: R 317 000 000
- Parcels: R 315 000 000
- Non-metallic products: R 307 000 000
- Textiles, clothing and leather products: R 246 000 000
- Electrical machinery, transport machinery and equipment: R 223 000 000
- Used household and office products: R 178 000 000
- Paper and paper products: R 107 000 000
Total income generated from transporting various commodities across South Africa during October 2019 amounted to R14.175 billion, while income generated from transporting passengers via road and rail amounted to R1.106 billion for October 2019.