Top 100 US Importers

Some of the fastest-climbing companies on the JOC’s Top 100 Importers share a common trait: They either partner with or are part of a conglomerate that allows them to create synergies of scale.

Consider the fruit and vegetable importers at seventh-ranked Chiquita Brands International and Dublin, Ireland-based Fyffes, whose Sol Group Marketing unit is ranked 41st. A $559 million Chiquita-Fyffes stock-for-stock merger transaction has been in the works since March and awaits European Union regulatory approval. Their global headquarters would be in Dublin, but the majority of the combined C-level executives will be located in Chiquita’s hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Chiquita owns ocean carrier Great White Fleet.

Elsewhere in the rankings, retailers and their suppliers dominated the Top 100 Importers, as they have over the past decade since this ranking was developed.

News & Analysis

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.
Food bank, Wal-Mart, truck and operation
04 Aug 2014
As the world's largest corporation, Wal-Mart holds hefty leverage over its vendors. Its next mission is to eliminate waste within its massive system, even on food, and vendors are taking note.
31 Jul 2014
Rick Gabrielson, senior manager for import transportation at Target Corp., has been named vice president of transportation at Lowe’s Cos.
28 May 2014
Some of the fastest-climbing companies on the JOC’s Top 100 Importers and Exporters rankings share a common trait: They either partner with or are part of a conglomerate that allows them to create synergies of scale.

Commentary

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