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

26 Oct 2016
Plunging truckload rates proved a dead weight on profits at C.H. Robinson Worldwide in the third quarter.
21 Sep 2016
Growth in trans-Pacific volumes has been fairly static this year for non-vessel-operating common carriers, but consolidation, new alliances, and Hanjin’s collapse present new opportunities.
21 Sep 2016
TNT's European road network, and its ability to handle profitable palletized freight, will be important to FedEx as it integrates global express operations.
20 Sep 2016
FedEx raised revenue, profit in its first quarter as owner of TNT Express, despite integration costs following acquisition.
31 Aug 2016
Melbourne-based company gives C.H. Robinson Worldwide a direct presence in Australia and New Zealand.
XPO in the second quarter recorded a profit, the first since CEO Bradley S. Jacobs took control of the company in 2011.
17 Aug 2016
Refinancing saves XPO Logistics money that can be reinvested in "optimizing" its global business.


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.