Top 40 Container Carriers

Top 40 Container Carriers

When congestion last fall forced dozens of ships to anchor off the West Coast and crippled the flow of cargo through the nation’s largest ports, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for beneficial cargo owners racing to get their goods to store shelves in time for the holidays. The extent of the damage — lost sales, unfulfilled orders and loss of business to other countries — increases in clarity when analyzing the latest U.S. import and export data for 2014. Frankly, volumes were understated from what they could and should have been if not for the late-year contract showdown between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association. Simply put, more cargo should have moved into and out of the United States.




Previous rankings

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Export Trade, January-September 2014

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Import Trade, January-September 2014 

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Export Trade, 2013

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Import Trade, 2013

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

Despite the late-2014 cargo spillover and frenzy to clear the U.S. West Coast cargo backlog because of disputes during longshore negotiations, U.S. containerized trade in the first half of 2015 was essentially flat, inching up 1.4 percent year-over-year to 15.7 million 20-foot-equivalent units, according to PIERS, a sister product of The Journal of Commerce within IHS.

News & Analysis

19 Jun 2015
Evergreen Line will order 20 new vessels, each with capacity for 3,000 20-foot-equivalent units, Vice Group Chairman Bronson Hsieh said at a shareholders’ meeting Wednesday.
22 May 2015
United Arab Shipping Co., a member of the Ocean Three Alliance, has taken delivery of the world’s greenest ultra-large container ship.
Yang Ming container ship in Oakland port
18 May 2015
Taiwan’s three top lines became the latest carriers to join the black numbers club, all recording net profit for the first quarter on the back of rising revenue and falling operating costs.
Hapag-Lloyd's Hamburg Express in dock
13 May 2015
Hapag-Lloyd swung to a first-quarter profit of 128.2 million euros ($143.6 million) from a year-earlier loss of 119.1 million euros as a stronger dollar and lower bunker prices helped to offset weaker freight rates.
29 Apr 2015
CMA CGM said its New Europe Mascarene Oceania service will call at the Kattupalli International Container Terminal, an emerging alternative gateway on India’s southeastern coast.
Cosco container ship in Port of Oakland
29 Apr 2015
China Cosco Holdings reported a first-quarter loss of $166 million just hours after being forced to make its second unusual trading announcement of the month as rumors that the carrier would be merged with China Shipping Container Lines continued to galvanize the market.


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