The Journal of Commerce’s annual Top 100 Importers and Exporters ranking begins with data from PIERS that is then enhanced by information gathered from other industry sources. The lists are restricted to shippers — beneficial cargo owners of containerized cargo that entered or exited U.S. ports by ocean vessel during 2013. These rankings represent our best approximation of the total international oceanborne shipments by these companies and their subsidiaries.
In addition to our annual ranking of top U.S. importers and exporters, this whitepaper provides expert analysis on the market forces impacting beneficial cargo owners and transportation providers, including:
- Contract negotiations between the ILWU and west coast ports
- The introduction of post-Panamax ships to U.S. trade lanes
- The impact of the recent service contracting season on container rates
- And more!