Top 40 Container Carriers

2015 was a roller-coaster for ocean container carriers operating in the U.S. trades, and it wasn’t just because of record low freight rates. 

In the aftermath of the West Coast labor debacle — and all the cross-border diversions, air cargo routing and alternative sourcing remedies that came with it — ocean carrier results for 2015 were mixed, with 19 of the JOC Top 40 ship lines moving goods in the U.S. trades posting volume declines. Separately, 21 of the JOC Top 40 U.S. export container carriers and 15 of the JOC Top 40 U.S. import container carriers posted declines in volume. 

 

Previous rankings

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

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

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

Shippers are watching closely to see whether regulators approve the latest proposed vessel-sharing agreement in the global container trade and how those carriers left behind respond.

News & Analysis

20 Apr 2016
The Ocean Alliance was born in Shanghai on Wednesday as CMA CGM, China Cosco Shipping, Evergreen Line and OOCL signed a memorandum of understanding to offer more than 40 global services connecting markets in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Hyundai New York container ship
29 Feb 2016
Hyundai Merchant Marine has once again rejected speculation of a merger with fellow South Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping and clarified the role of a financial adviser serving the ailing ocean carrier.
22 Feb 2016
The newly formed China Cosco Shipping Corp. aims to become the third-largest global container line by boosting its fleet by at least 50,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units to more than 2 million TEUs by the end of 2018.
18 Feb 2016
China Cosco Shipping Corporation was officially launched in Shanghai, bringing together the mainland’s two largest carriers and amassing a huge armada of container ships, bulk carriers and tankers that far out strip those of its rivals.
06 Jan 2016
If an uncertain global economy wasn’t enough for shippers and transportation providers, 2016 will be filled with major changes, from the massive container shipping weight mandate to liner consolidation. Other threats and opportunities will likely emerge during the year, but the 10 trends outlined here will definitely be in play and impact global supply chains. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
02 Jan 2016
High debt levels at Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine will make it difficult for the South Korean container lines to take advantage of their government’s new S1.2 billion fund to assist the country’s struggling shipping and shipbuilding companies.

Commentary

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