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

20 Jul 2017
Increased second-quarter US industrial activity, consumer confidence primes freight market, pressures rates.
20 Jul 2017
As freight volumes surge, truckload rates are rising faster than 3PLs such as C.H. Robinson Worldwide can adjust pricing.
18 Jul 2017
XPO Logistics expects a healthy increase in revenue in the second quarter from the first quarter and a year ago, as freight demand in the US picks up.
28 Jun 2017
FedEx European subsidiary TNT Express is the second major transportation operator affected by a global cyberattack.
19 Jun 2017
UPS's peak season surcharges are the latest pushback by transport operators against "free shipping."
09 Jun 2017
As e-commerce reshapes fulfillment and transportation, the effects are evident among logistics companies that make the Fortune 500 list of largest US companies.

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.