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

18 Nov 2016
UPS on Friday broke ground on the expansion of its Columbus, Ohio, hub, the latest effort in a global facility expansion and modernization drive necessitated by the e-commerce boom.
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.
The acquisition of APC Logistics means C.H. Robinson will be moving more freight though ports in Oceania, such as Napier, New Zealand, pictured.
28 Sep 2016
E-commerce and the need for density in trade lanes is pushing expansion of the global network of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, the largest US logistics operator.
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.

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.