Top 40 Container Carriers

Top 40 Container Carriers

As expected, year-over-year growth in U.S. containerized imports and exports and total trade was middling in 2013. U.S. container volume, excluding empties, increased 2.8 percent year-over-year in 2013, totaling 30.8 million TEUs.


U.S. imports increased 3.1 percent to nearly 18.1 million TEUs, and represented 58.6 percent of total U.S. trade. Volume at 15 of the JOC Top 40 Import carriers declined year-over-year. U.S. exports totaled nearly 12.8 million TEUs in 2013, advancing 2.4 percent year-over-year. Individual carrier results were mixed, with year-over-year declines at 12 of the JOC Top 40 Export carriers.

Previous rankings

Top 40 Carriers in U.S. Containerized Trade in the First Half of 2013

Top 40 Carriers in U.S. Containerized Trade in 2012

Special Coverage

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Export Trade, 2013
Full-year 2013 numbers are in for the U.S. containerized ocean trade, and, as expected, year-over-year growth in imports, exports and total trade was middling.

News & Analysis

22 Sep 2014
U.S. containerized trade increased 2.6 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2014, with just three carriers — Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Evergreen Line — accounting for 28.4 percent of all trade.
18 Sep 2014
The emergence of four large alliances among the world's largest container shipping lines is creating a two-tier market that could doom smaller carriers to hanging on to niche trades or going out of business.
18 Sep 2014
Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. today released the 2M Alliance’s tentative 2015 east-west network, including port rotations, arrivals and departures and transit times.
17 Sep 2014
China Cosco Holdings will splash out $618 million on five 14,500-TEU vessels that will be built by CSSC’s Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding yard as the mainland’s largest carrier continues to upgrade its fleet in an attempt to arrest declining profitability.
17 Sep 2014
Maersk Group said it has raised $1.25 billion from the successful issue of two maiden U.S. dollar bonds.
15 Sep 2014
New global alliances of container ship lines could produce a retaliatory surge in large-ship orders by competitors in 2016-2018, according to a research report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts.

Commentary

Soren Skou isn’t just the leader of the world’s largest container shipping company.