Top 50 Global Transportation Providers

The 50 largest transportation and logistics companies worldwide increased their combined revenue 2 percent in 2014 to $759.2 billion. The 2 percent gain by the 50 largest transportation service providers in 2014 marked a turnaround after the group’s combined revenue dropped 0.1 percent in 2013. However, their growth was stronger in 2012, at 2.6 percent, and 2011, at 8.4 percent.

A healthier U.S. economy played a major role in pulling the Top 50 group out of the doldrums last year. Thirty-six of the Top 50 increased revenue in 2014, compared with 29 in 2013. Still, only five companies boosted revenue by double-digit percentages, down from six last year.

This year’s list is the fourth 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.

The global economy slipped again in 2015, however. The IMF expects global GDP to rise 3.1 percent this year, and to climb 3.6 percent in 2016. The current slowdown in the U.S. and worldwide this year should be evident in next year’s rankings.

Special Coverage

A look at how the Top 50 Global Transportation Providers break down by continent and regional revenue.

News & Analysis

27 Oct 2016
With volume, revenue and profit rising, the world's largest logistics company ordered 14 747-8 cargo jets from Boeing.
26 Oct 2016
Plunging truckload rates proved a dead weight on profits at C.H. Robinson Worldwide in the third quarter.
24 Oct 2016
DHL has settled on its general rate increase for 2017.
12 Oct 2016
Shorter fulfillment cycles are pushing UPS to expand its fastest package and freight services to new countries.
06 Oct 2016
Among the services that MIT Safetrans provides are the commissioning of MRI machines and ATMs.
The failure of Hanjin Shipping is just the latest example of the importance of supply chain durability and versatility.
28 Sep 2016
Largest US logistics provider to scrutinize vessel-sharing agreements, urges more "resilient" supply chain strategies.


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.