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

Plagued by overcapacity and ongoing losses, the container shipping industry is rife with talk of potential mergers and acquisitions. The consolidation of the highly fragmented industry is long overdue, especially when contrasted with such other heavily capitalized transportation sectors as railroads and airlines.

News & Analysis

20 Nov 2015
CMA CGM’s reported third-quarter net profit plunged nearly 76 percent year-over-year to $51 million, amid the French carrier’s talks with Neptune Orient Lines over a potential merger.
30 Oct 2015
Hapag-Lloyd on Friday cut the price range for shares in its initial public offering, citing “ongoing market volatility.”
30 Oct 2015
NOL’s third-quarter results were awash in red ink as the Singapore-listed company reported a third-quarter net loss of $96 million, down 300 percent compared to the same period last year as rate levels tumbled on the major trades.
30 Oct 2015
Japan’s three largest container lines saw their group revenues miss forecasts and remain almost flat in the first half of the current fiscal year, while Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) slipped into the red.
Hapag-Lloyd's Antwerpen Express
27 Oct 2015
Hapag-Lloyd has extended the share offer period for its initial public offering by a week to Nov. 3.
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.


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