Top 50 Global Transportation Providers

Top 50 Global Transportation Providers

Slowing growth characterized the world's 50 largest transportation and logistics companies in 2013 amid global economic uncertainty.

 

The total revenue of the world’s largest parcel carriers, logistics providers, ocean carriers and rail, intermodal and trucking operators declined $478 million in 2013 to $655.1 billion, according to transportation research and advisory firm SJ Consulting Group.

The flat-lining of Top 50 revenue reflects stunted and uneven global economic growth in 2013, the impact of fluctuations in currency value and decelerating growth in emerging economies such as Brazil and China. Advanced economies, still feeling the pain of the 2008 global financial crisis, faced high debt burdens and unemployment in 2013.

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Combined growth among the 50 largest transportation and logistics companies worldwide slowed to a halt in 2013 amid global economic uncertainty. The combined revenue of the 50 companies slipped 0.1 percent after increasing 2.6 percent in 2012 and 8.4 percent in 2011.

News & Analysis

25 Jan 2015
With the global middle class set to grow by nearly 3 billion people by 2030, congestion threatens to choke trade and economic growth, economist Walter Kemmsies told the SMC3 2015 JumpStart conference last week.
25 Sep 2014
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26 Aug 2014
Carriers’ strategy to bundle logistics services with container shipping services appears to be “unraveling,” according to Alphaliner’s latest newsletter.
09 Jun 2014
The rollout of UTi Worldwide’s new forwarding system, 1View, pressured the company’s fiscal first quarter results, according to CEO Eric Kirchner
25 Apr 2014
Severe winter weather may have kept many consumers from shopping at stores in the first quarter, but it didn’t freeze their computer keyboards.
11 Apr 2014
Federal authorities are investigating why a FedEx Freight truck crossed an Interstate highway median and crashed into a charter bus, killing 10 people.

Commentary

When looking at the list of Top 50 Global Transportation and Logistics Providers, the major takeaway is that consolidated revenues for these multibillion-dollar companies showed flat growth in 2013. This suggests top-line growth for these companies slowed during the year and, while it did for many, adjusting revenue growth for foreign currency fluctuations tells a much different story.