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-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 Dec 2016
Maersk Line’s acquisition of Hamburg Sud will likely force it to sell its Brazilian flag operation Mercosul Line, which could open the door to CMA CGM or Mediterranean Shipping Co. to enter the closed Brazilian coastal shipping market.
30 Oct 2016
Three Japanese lines seek scale benefits in move to merge container divisions.
28 Oct 2016
The operational update of Orient Overseas Container Line is a perfect reflection of the dismal operating environment container lines are trapped in — more cargo is being carried on major trades for less revenue.
26 Oct 2016
Anxiety over the staying power of container lines after the Hanjin Shipping collapse is thick among beneficial cargo owners, vendors, and the container lines.
A container line's ships won't be empty if it goes under, making it harder still for shippers to see the signs they need to avoid disruption like that caused by Hanjin Shipping's insolvency.
22 Oct 2016
The collapse of the seventh-largest global container line in terms of deployed capacity sends a clear message: All bets are off.
The fate of the Ocean Alliance had become uncertain in recent months after the US Federal Maritime Commission halted its review process to receive more information from alliance membners.
21 Oct 2016
US maritime regulators gave the green light to the Ocean Alliance to take sail on US trades in April.

Commentary

Recent industry comments suggest carriers are being cautious in ordering new capacity — new ship orders are down substantially versus 2015 — and also will be cautious on capacity as alliances roll out their service networks. This is leading a number of observers to suggest that the container market gradually may be returning to equilibrium.

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