The closest eastern seaboard capital city to Australia’s largest export markets, Brisbane is perfectly positioned to thrive as a logistics centre. The 24/7 Brisbane Airport’s twin runway enables the highest aviation capacity in Australia, and the Port of Brisbane is Australia’s largest capital city port, with approximately $466 million in port infrastructure works underway. With a rapidly growing population, there’ll be increasing demand for products to be transported and stored.
As the closest eastern seaboard capital city to Australia’s largest export markets, Brisbane shares workday time zones with the powerhouse economies of the Asia Pacific – so while Europe and the United Kingdom sleep, Brisbane workers are supporting global business operations.
Brisbane’s accessibility is bolstered by a global 24/7 airport with the largest runway capacity in Australia, achieving up to 110 aircraft movements an hour. Set to generate $8.3 billion by 2040, Brisbane Airport’s operations are on par with major Asian hubs, supercharging the city’s logistics and supply chain appeal.
Brisbane is also home to one of Australia’s fastest-growing container ports. In 2022, a report by Deloitte Access Economics (DAE) found the Port of Brisbane and its supply chain contributed approximately $7.8 billion to Queensland’s economy in FY22, and supported almost 63,000 jobs. DAE projected this contribution could grow to $15.4 billion in economic value and 124,400 jobs by 2050.
With room to expand, the Port of Brisbane features 92 hectares of available land primed for development, and is forecast to undertake $466 million in infrastructure works over the next five years.
That’s just part of Brisbane’s more than $19 billion infrastructure pipeline, making it one of the most dynamic markets in the region. Brisbane’s economy is anticipated to grow to $239 billion by 2041, and the city’s talent pool is expected to grow with it. With a wave of interstate migration, the Greater Brisbane population is expected to grow by 43% by 2041.
With a rapidly growing population – in both Brisbane and nearby regional areas such as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast – comes a growing customer base, and an increasing need for products to be transported and stored. Third-party logistics providers are in great demand in Brisbane, as manufacturers concentrate on core capabilities and outsource services such as warehousing and cold storage.
The growth of the region also provides the population density needed for new last-mile delivery technologies to be deployed and implemented. International companies such as Terra Drone, ST Solutions Australia (Softbank), Google subsidiary Wing and Trumbull Unmanned have landed in Brisbane and are working with governments, researchers, start-ups, universities and businesses to expand their technology and capabilities.
Brisbane is also positioned at the centre of a 360 degree food bowl, providing unrivalled access to agriculture commodities and world-class ingredients.
With its strategic location and rapidly developing infrastructure, Brisbane supports faster, fresher and more efficient deliveries, attracting logistics industry leaders and major global companies such as Amazon and Direct Couriers to the city.