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.
CMA CGM Marco Polo in Ningbo
07 Apr 2015
CMA CGM has become the third member of the 20,000-TEU club with an order for three of the world’s largest container ships.
Terminal 6 Port of Portland, Oregon
06 Apr 2015
In a development that could foreshadow the end of container-handling at the Port of Portland, Oregon, Hapag-Lloyd’s service to the Pacific Northwest port has come into question — the carrier has no calls listed in the coming weeks at the port.
06 Apr 2015
Rumors of a merger of APL and Orient Overseas Container Line were “probably not more than hot air,” and even if true would not affect container shipping overcapacity, Drewry Maritime Research says.
02 Apr 2015
Evergreen Line plans to upgrade its intra-Asia service network by joining the India-Far East Express Service operated by a consortium of Wan Hai Lines, Pacific International Lines, “K” Line, Shipping Corporation of India and Simatech Shipping.
01 Apr 2015
Orient Overseas International Ltd.'s announcement that it will spend almost $1 billion on the purchase of six 20,000-TEU ships has put an end to speculation that the Hong Kong-listed line was interested in acquiring troubled APL from Neptune Orient Lines.

Commentary

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