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 year of historic consolidation is sparking greater concentration of total US containerized trade market share among the five largest carriers in JOC.com’s Top 40 Container Lines rankings.

News & Analysis

25 Jul 2017
After six consecutive years of losses, shipping industry headed for return to proofits this year and next
28 Feb 2017
Hapag Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said the year is off to a strong start, after the container carrier reported a decline in operating profit in 2016.
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.
25 Jan 2017
Carriers operating on the trans-Pacific earned significantly less per FEU on the spot market in 2016 than they did the year before.
18 Jan 2017
In an exclusive interview with JOC.com, Hyundai Merchant Marine President and CEO C.K. Yoo lays out the plans of South Korea's largest container line in 2017.
17 Jan 2017
Investors continue to trade heavily in OOCL shares amid speculation that the Hong Kong-based carrier is for sale.

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.