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

11 Jan 2017
Takeover talk has long swirled around Hong Kong-listed OOIL, parent of OOCL, and new rumors are again seeing intense trading on the local bourse.
04 Nov 2016
The container shipping market is concentrated in the hands of fewer players, which might improve profitability.
03 Nov 2016
Yang Ming Line Chairman Bronson Hsieh has dismissed market speculation that his Taiwan line could merge with Evergreen Marine.
02 Nov 2016
Rising volume was not enough to offset a sharp fall in freight rates that dragged Maersk Line to a third-quarter loss of $116 million.
01 Nov 2016
Hapag-Lloyd has filed concessions to European Union competition regulators to secure approval for a planned merger with the United Arab Shipping Company.
01 Nov 2016
Maersk Line will announce its third-quarter results on Nov. 2, the first set of financials by the world’s largest container line since CEO Soren Skou outlined a strategic review of the group in September.

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.