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

12 Nov 2014
Maersk Line is reviewing the ocean and inland services it provides in the trans-Pacific trade — a notoriously high-cost and unprofitable trade lane for container lines — with an eye to increasing the rates it gets for those services or eliminating those that don’t make money.
11 Nov 2014
Maersk Group Chief Executive Nils Andersen reiterated Tuesday that the 2M vessel-sharing agreement between Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co. will launch in January.
14 Oct 2014
Israel Corp. will shift its stake in Zim Integrated Shipping Services, along with several other companies, to a holdings company that will be listed on stock exchanges in New York and Tel Aviv, the company announced.
12 Oct 2014
Hapag-Lloyd is looking for a safe haven. Like many of its rivals, the German carrier is seeking that haven in the form of new or enlarged alliances. But it's taking the pursuit for stability even further, restructuring its ownership and bringing in a new CEO who will steer the carrier into new routes, new ships and a merger that will elevate the fourth-largest container line by capacity.
30 Sep 2014
Nearly $300 million in subsidies were given to four Chinese ship lines today, as the Chinese government begins to roll out parts of a six-year plan to update its shipping industry.
29 Sep 2014
Maersk is facing aggressive competition on its most lucrative north-south routes, which are being targeted by rival carriers seeking to offset losses from the overtonnaged Asia-Europe trade lane.

Commentary

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