Top 100 US Exporters

The companies making up the JOC Top 100 Importers and Exporters rankings for 2014 share one major trait: They partner with or are part of a conglomerate that allows them to create synergies of scale.

It was that sort of synergy that brought together some of the biggest importers and exporters in 2014, impacting the rankings in major ways:

— The $8.8 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree of Family Dollar is on pace to close in June after a 10-month saga, including a hostile bid by 30th-ranked Dollar General. The resulting combination of Dollar Tree and Family Dollar was good for 10th place on the Top 100 Importers, with 13,000 stores and more than 135,100 TEUs.

— MeadWestvaco and RockTenn are combining as WestRock, a new company, which climbed to seventh place among exporters. A U.S. antitrust review has cleared, and the deal should close in June.

— DuPont, which ranked sixth among exporters and 87th among importers, will split in two on July 1, with the chemical business separated into Chemours, a new company.

— 20th-ranked Archer Daniels Midland is shedding some of its portfolio of ingredients-related units, with its global cocoa business going to 67th-ranked Olam,  and its chocolate business to Cargill, which ranked 16th among exporters.

Elsewhere in the rankings, retailers and their suppliers dominated the Top 100 Importers, as they have over the past decade since this ranking was originally developed, and lower-value recyclables and industrial companies led the way on the outbound leg. 


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