Top 50 Global Transportation Providers

Revenue at the 50 largest transportation and logistics companies worldwide shrank 8.5 percent in 2015 from the year before to $753.8 billion. Only eight — UPS, FedEx, C.H. Robinson, Hapag-Lloyd, SF Express, Expeditors International, and J.B. Hunt — registered increased revenue.

Currency fluctuations were an important factor in the Top 50 revenue decline, as almost every other currency declined in value against the dollar in 2015, a lot of them by double-digits. Slower economic growth and the ensuing weak demand for trade and transportation services also played a big role.

This year’s list is the fifth annual ranking of the Top 50 Global Transportation Service Providers by SJ Consulting and The Journal of Commerce. The list ranks companies from five continents by revenue.

Special Coverage

Of the world’s top 50 transportation service providers, only a handful registered revenue growth in 2015.   

News & Analysis

28 Jun 2017
FedEx European subsidiary TNT Express is the second major transportation operator affected by a global cyberattack.
19 Jun 2017
UPS's peak season surcharges are the latest pushback by transport operators against "free shipping."
09 Jun 2017
As e-commerce reshapes fulfillment and transportation, the effects are evident among logistics companies that make the Fortune 500 list of largest US companies.
26 May 2017
Beauty is not skin-deep for European Wax Center: It depends on logistics.
05 May 2017
The $14.6 billion 3PL closed $716 million in new business in the quarter, including major logistics and intermodal deals.
21 Feb 2017
As XPO gains global scale, it is blending disparate networks to offer new services to shippers.

Commentary

Numerous events over the last year will shape how the ranking of the world’s top transportation and logistics companies looks at the end of 2016. UPS’s reign as the world’s largest transportation company may be short-lived, because several other companies are racing toward the top.