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

Hapag-Lloyd's Hamburg Express container ship
14 Sep 2014
Container freight rates will stabilize and may trend upward over the next few years despite the existing overcapacity of vessel space because of the expansion of existing carrier alliances and the creation of new ones, according to Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.
Hapag-Lloyd container ship in Hamburg
11 Sep 2014
EU antitrust authorities on Thursday gave Hapag-Lloyd the approval it needed for a merger with Chilean carrier CSAV.
Maersk container ship
08 Sep 2014
A decade-long revamp of its culture is driving profitability gains at Maersk Line, the world's largest global container line.
China Shipping container ship
08 Sep 2014
The three container lines planning to link up in a new vessel sharing agreement — CMA CGM, United Arab Shipping Co. and China Shipping Container Line — will initially operate 18 separate services covering the four major east-west trades, sources say.
UASC container ship
07 Sep 2014
CMA CGM, United Arab Shipping Co. and China Shipping Container Line will soon announce the formation of a new east-west vessel-sharing agreement, according to industry sources reached and news reports circulating Friday.
04 Sep 2014
Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. appear to have the same confidence that Chinese regulators will approve their “2M” vessel-sharing agreement as they did before China’s rejection of the P3 Network, said U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Richard Lidinsky.

Commentary

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