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Top 100 US Exporters

The Journal of Commerce’s annual Top 100 US Importers and Exporters ranking begins with data from PIERS, a sister product of The Journal of Commerce within IHS Markit, and is enhanced by information gathered from other industry sources.

The figures are expressed in TEU, the most common measurement of containerized ocean shipping. One standard 40-foot ocean container equals two TEU.

These lists are restricted to shippers — beneficial owners of containerized cargo that entered or exited U.S. ports by ocean vessel during 2017. The statistics don’t include shippers associations, carriers, non-vessel-operating common carriers, forwarders or brokers, third-party logistics providers, banks, or “to-order” negotiable bills of lading, or data falling under privacy strictures. International import and export cargoes moving into and out of the US via air, rail or truck are not included.

In tandem with last year’s ranking and considerable industry research, the list also identifies corporate subsidiaries and strives to reflect any changes in corporate status related to mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, formal name changes or bankruptcy filings. We also identify the location of corporate headquarters and, if the global headquarters is outside the US, the parent company. We indicate a website if one is available and the industry sector, adding a short note about each company, often recent news or an interesting fact.

These rankings represent our best approximation of the total international oceanborne shipments by these companies and their subsidiaries. We welcome your feedback.  

 

 

Special Coverage

In 2018, US importers and exporters will be greeted by the strongest international and domestic demand conditions in at least a half-decade. Still, uncertainty regarding tariffs and a tight US trucking market are obstacles that could dampen what many expect to be an impressive year for global trade.

News & Analysis

Top 100 US importers and exporters.
22 May 2018
A detailed look at JOC's Top 100 Importers and Exporters of 2017 by imports, exports, and industrial sector.
The Port of Los Angeles.
06 Mar 2018
US exports are on a growth track, but export expansion could be derailed or slowed if the United States enters a trade war.
19 Dec 2017
It is unclear whether Maersk's strategy regarding forwarders is a temporary tactical move or part of a broader push.
04 Sep 2017
Containerized exports are tied closely to agricultural commodities.
19 Jul 2017
If the ban takes effect, US exporters of these commodities will lose access to the destination where they shipped 77.8 percent of their products last year.
18 Jul 2017
Trade disputes are driving US exporters of dried distillers grains (DDGs) to overhaul their supply chains.

Commentary

Executive Editor Chris Brooks discusses what shippers are seeing, as revealed in recent surveys.