Top 100 US Importers

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. 

Special Coverage

Port of Charleston container yard
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News & Analysis

21 Nov 2015
The National Automobile Dealers Association raised its forecast for 2016 U.S. car and light truck sales to 17.7 million units, a record high that will drive automotive freight and logistics demand.
20 Aug 2015
An empty shelf in a big box store may be a retail logistics manager’s worst nightmare, but it’s not the only one. Retailers are rethinking inventory management and often carrying more inventory as they expand online sales and develop new delivery strategies.
13 Jul 2015
Discount retailer Dollar Tree is building a $104.4 million distribution center in 'upstate' South Carolina, near the Greer Inland Port and the I-85 corridor, expanding its Southeastern logistics footprint.
19 Nov 2014
Major U.S. retailers don't expect U.S. West Coast port congestion to hamper getting Black Friday products on the shelves, but they’re far less confident on their ability to keep stores stocked through the entire holiday season.
12 Sep 2014
Weak global demand is hurting U.S. containerized exports, while a reviving U.S. economy is aiding imports. A larger long-term trade imbalance is the likely result, Cass says.
03 Sep 2014
In a deal that could have implications for refrigerated shippers and warehouse operators across the U.S., Costco agreed to pay $335,000 in penalties and spend as much as $2 million over the next few years to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its warehouse stores.


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