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.

News & Analysis

12 Oct 2016
Shorter fulfillment cycles are pushing UPS to expand its fastest package and freight services to new countries.
16 Mar 2016
Stronger-than-expected online shipping demand pressured various points in FedEx's transportation network in December, raising volumes on air and ground in the quarter that ended Feb. 29.
09 Mar 2016
XPO Logistics landed a major contract logistics agreement with Trinity Health to operate a distribution network for the Catholic hospital and health care system.
25 Feb 2016
Downturn? Recession? They're not in XPO Logistics' sights this year. The $7.6 billion logistics and transportation company sees e-commerce fueling many of its asset-based and non-asset business segments in North American and Europe.
02 Feb 2016
UPS surmounted peak-season challenges to deliver 692 million packages in its busiest season — a 7 percent increase from the previous year. Big Brown said it expects higher revenue, profits and volumes in 2016, as e-commerce keeps growing.
18 Jan 2016
XPO plans to put the former Con-way Freight's outsourced linehaul work up for bid for the first time in years, part of a broader plan to seek greater savings in its logistics and transportation businesses, chairman and CEO Bradley S. Jacobs said.


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.