Top 40 Container Carriers

A look at the market shares of the JOC’s Top 5 ocean carriers in the first three quarters of 2016 compared to last year reveals the rapid consolidation of capacity into fewer, larger liner hands in the total US container trade as a result of international merger and acquisition activity.

As merger and acquisition activity continues, the world’s largest container lines have pulled away from the rest of the industry. CMA CGM, No. 1 in the overall US trade in these first nine months, is indicative of this trend, having acquired NOL and its APL brand.

The failure of Hanjin Shipping, the biggest container line ever to collapse, set off an intense competition for its cargo, the winners and losers of which will be revealed in the next set of rankings.

Hanjin in the first nine months of 2016 ranked eighth among the world’s top container carriers in trade with the US, with 4.4 percent of total US trade.

Previous rankings

Top 40 Container Carriers U.S. Import and Export Trades, January-September 2016

Top 40 Container Carriers U.S. Import and Export Trades, January-June 2016

Top 40 Container Carriers U.S. Import and Export Trades, January-March 2016

Top 40 Container Carriers, U.S. Import and Export Trades, January-December 2015

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

A look at the market shares of the JOC’s Top 5 ocean carriers in the first three quarters of 2016 compared with last year reveals the rapid consolidation of capacity into fewer, larger liner hands.

News & Analysis

07 Feb 2017
A fourth quarter growth in volumes and revenue could make a tough year a little less painful for the world's market leading liner shipping company.
09 Jan 2017
Years of unprofitability lie ahead for carriers with excess capacity and low rates likely to drive further consolidation.
07 Jan 2017
Ports, terminals, carriers, and shippers are preparing for significant challenges that will come from this spring’s shuffling of vessel-sharing agreements.
03 Jan 2017
The "HMM + K2 consortium" will initially facilitate vessel- and slot-sharing.
29 Dec 2016
Industry analyst doubts Hyundai Merchant Marine’s goal of a 5 percent share of the global container market by 2021.
21 Dec 2016
Hapag-Lloyd says it is confident of closing on the merger with United Arab Shipping Company very soon following reports the deal faces delay over financing issues.

Commentary

Hints that capacity might tighten at the top global operators, but not at those that want to be among them, come as other industry analysts warn that the gap between supply and demand will widen.