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.
16 Nov 2016
BNSF and Kansas City Southern railways are launching a new joint cross-border intermodal service, a bet that the new Trump administration won’t upend the North American Free Trade Agreement.
14 Nov 2016
CEVA Logistics posted lower earnings and flat revenue in the third quarter, as sliding freight rates offset strong volume growth.
08 Nov 2016
Deutsche Post DHL on Tuesday reported a record third-quarter result.
01 Nov 2016
There is no other way to describe the current global transportation market other than as a “bear market.” Driving home this point is Top 50 Global Transportation Service Providers ranking by SJ Consulting and The Journal of Commerce.
01 Nov 2016
Hapag-Lloyd has filed concessions to European Union competition regulators to secure approval for a planned merger with the United Arab Shipping Company.

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.