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

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.

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.
Yang Ming container ship at Port of Los Angeles
23 Mar 2015
A U.S. Federal Maritime Commission member wants the FMC to ask the four major container ship alliances to supply new information on what they’re doing to reduce congestion at U.S. ports.
"K" Line ship stack
02 Mar 2015
Japan’s third-largest shipping line, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, announced Monday it would be beefing up its LNG and bulker vessels over the next four years, while downsizing its container shipping fleet.
05 Feb 2015
CMA CGM and Hamburg Sud are expanding their current cooperation agreement to several additional liner trade routes in the latest consolidation of global container networks.
30 Jan 2015
OOCL plans to upgrade its intra-Asia service network by joining the Singapore-Chennai 2 (SC2) service operated by Wan Hai Lines and Bengal Tiger Line, starting in early February.
Hapag-Lloyd Chicago Express in Hong Kong
19 Jan 2015
Hapag-Lloyd today became the latest carrier to implement a general rate increase — of $850 per TEU — in the Far East-Europe trade just days after rivals were due to hike rates on the world’s biggest liner route. However, rates could fall to levels not seen since 2011 when carriers cut their bunker adjustment factors in February, a London-based derivatives broker says.

Commentary

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