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

21 Mar 2017
The Department of Justice is targeting a “gray area” between its authority and that of the Federal Maritime Commission.
22 Nov 2016
Mediterranean Shipping Co. said Tuesday that it’s still discussing allowing Hyundai Merchant Marine into the 2M Alliance, in direct contrast to its alliance partner, Maersk Line, telling the market Friday that a formal membership is off the table.
18 Nov 2016
CMA CMG reports third quarter loss amid lower container volumes and rates, a year after posting a profit.
18 Nov 2016
Hyundai Merchant Marine will not join Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. in the 2M Alliance.
16 Nov 2016
Hanjin Shipping spiraled closer to insolvency in the third quarter as Hyundai Merchant Marine turned a profit for the second straight three-month period as they plan for the future.
16 Nov 2016
Just days after Taiwan’s leading container lines reported tumbling revenue and profit, the Taiwanese government said it will provide billions of dollars in financial support.

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.