In the first two quarters of 2012, Asia-Pacific attracted more than 100 transportation projects, making it the most successful first half for the sector in the region on record. The second quarter of the year, which is typically the sector’s slowest, accounted for 61 of these projects.
Historically, the most popular destination country for transportation FDI into Asia-Pacific is China. According to greenfield investment monitor fDi Markets, the country accounted for 600 of the 1714 transportation projects in Asia-Pacific between January 2003 and July 2012. Although the country accounts for the largest proportion of projects in 2012 so far, the number of projects recorded in China in 2012 is set to be less than in 2011.
Countries in south-east Asia such as Singapore and Indonesia are having strong years. Indonesia, which is Asia-Pacific's 10th ranked destination country in terms of number of transportation projects recorded between January 2003 and July 2012, has attracted the third most projects in the region in 2012 so far.
The US is the main source country for transportation FDI in Asia-Pacific, followed by Germany in second position and Japan in third with 314, 275 and 122 investments, respectively. Again, 2012 does not conform to historical trends, with Germany having made more than twice as many investments into the region as the US, which is the second most active source country. The UK is in third place in the rankings, having so far created nine transportation projects in Asia-Pacific.