Top 100 US Exporters

The Journal of Commerce’s annual Top 100 US Importers and Exporters ranking begins with data from PIERS, a sister product of The Journal of Commerce within IHS Markit, and is enhanced by information gathered from other industry sources.

The figures are expressed in TEU, the most common measurement of containerized ocean shipping. One standard 40-foot ocean container equals two TEU.

These lists are restricted to shippers — beneficial owners of containerized cargo that entered or exited U.S. ports by ocean vessel during 2015. The statistics don’t include shippers associations, carriers, non-vessel-operating common carriers, forwarders or brokers, third-party logistics providers, banks, or “to-order” negotiable bills of lading, or data falling under privacy strictures. International import and export cargoes moving into and out of the US via air, rail or truck are not included.

In tandem with last year’s ranking and considerable industry research, the list also identifies corporate subsidiaries and strives to reflect any changes in corporate status related to mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, formal name changes or bankruptcy filings. We also identify the location of corporate headquarters and, if the global headquarters is outside the US, the parent company. We indicate a website if one is available and the industry sector, adding a short note about each company, often recent news or an interesting fact.

These rankings represent our best approximation of the total international oceanborne shipments by these companies and their subsidiaries. We welcome your feedback.  

 

 

Special Coverage

The changes hitting the retail sector as a result of e-commerce are happening so quickly and so intensely that it’s possible that regular mainstays of the Top 100 Importers list could fall off the rankings, or fall apart entirely.

News & Analysis

18 Jul 2017
Trade disputes are driving US exporters of dried distillers grains (DDGs) to overhaul their supply chains.
14 Jul 2017
US cotton exporters are anticipating another strong year after containerized cotton exports rose 3.7 percent last year.
13 Jul 2017
The first consignment of US beef to be imported by China in 14 years is just days away from arriving in the country.
29 May 2017
The Top 5 Importers in 2016 combined to handled 2.2 million TEU while the Top 5 Exporters shipped 921,600 TEU.
21 Jun 2016
Investment, divestment, mergers and acquisitions mark growth strategy of seven of the JOC's Top 100 Exporters in 2015.
09 Jun 2016
The major takeaway from the companies ranked in the JOC’s Top 100 Exporters in 2015 in the U.S. container trade was the impact of synergies of scale in mergers and acquisitions.

Commentary

Executive Editor Chris Brooks discusses what shippers are seeing, as revealed in recent surveys.