Top 100 US Exporters

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 JOC.com 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 vessels. 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.  

 

 

News & Analysis

09 Dec 2021
IHS Markit expects US GDP to expand 7.1 percent in the fourth quarter, based on a $130 billion jump in inventory investment in October that represents goods “pulled forward” from 2022.
18 Jul 2017
Trade disputes are driving US exporters of dried distillers grains (DDGs) to overhaul their supply chains.
14 Jul 2017
US cotton exporters are anticipating another strong year after containerized cotton exports rose 3.7 percent last year.
13 Jul 2017
The first consignment of US beef to be imported by China in 14 years is just days away from arriving in the country.
29 May 2017
The Top 5 Importers in 2016 combined to handled 2.2 million TEU while the Top 5 Exporters shipped 921,600 TEU.
21 May 2017
The changes hitting the retail sector as a result of e-commerce are happening so quickly and so intensely that it’s possible that regular mainstays of the Top 100 Importers list could fall off the rankings, or fall apart entirely.
21 Jun 2016
Investment, divestment, mergers and acquisitions mark growth strategy of seven of the JOC's Top 100 Exporters in 2015.
09 Jun 2016
The major takeaway from the companies ranked in the JOC’s Top 100 Exporters in 2015 in the U.S. container trade was the impact of synergies of scale in mergers and acquisitions.
25 Jun 2015
The 2014 JOC Top 100 Exporters rankings once again are led by businesses engaged in recycling operations and industrial companies.
cardboard bundles
28 May 2015
The Journal of Commerce's annual Top 100 U.S. Importers and Exporters ranking begins with data from PIERS, a sister product of the JOC within IHS Maritime & Trade, and is enhanced by information gathered from other industry sources. The top U.S. exporter for 2014 was America Chung Nam, the primary supplier to Nine Dragons Paper Industries, which is China's largest containerboard manufacturer.
11 Oct 2014
Chinese companies are expecting more restrictions on wastepaper imports in early 2015 following a proposal circulated in August by the Ministry of Environmental Protection that reflects a growing emphasis on environmental protection.
12 Sep 2014
Weak global demand is hurting U.S. containerized exports, while a reviving U.S. economy is aiding imports. A larger long-term trade imbalance is the likely result, Cass says.
Translucent varieties of DuPont’s Corian® solid surface material.
13 Jul 2014
The top 10 companies among JOC’s Top 100 exporters were responsible for exporting 1,454,700 TEUs in 2013.
28 May 2014
Some of the fastest-climbing companies on the JOC’s Top 100 Importers and Exporters rankings share a common trait: They either partner with or are part of a conglomerate that allows them to create synergies of scale.
23 May 2014
The Journal of Commerce’s annual Top 100 U.S. Importers and Exporters ranking begins with data from PIERS, the data division of JOC Group, and is enhanced by information gathered from other industry sources. The figures are expressed in 20-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs, the most common standard measurement of containerized ocean shipping. One standard 40-foot ocean container equals two TEUs.
Maersk and Yang Ming at Port of Tacoma
15 Jul 2013
After a strong start in the first part of this decade, the slowdown in export growth means the U.S. will not meet President Obama's goal of doubling exports by 2015 from 2009 levels.
17 Jun 2013
U.S. containerized exports could exceed imports during certain months as soon as 2016 and on an annual basis by 2020, Walter Kemmsies, chief economist at Moffatt & Nichol, told the annual meeting of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition.
04 Jun 2013
For the third straight year, ACX Pacific Northwest has been listed as the No. 1 exporter of alfalfa and grass hay in The Journal of Commerce’s Top 100 U.S. Exporters list.
U.S. scrap exports market shares - China vs. rest of the world. Source: PIERS
03 Jun 2013
U.S. containerized exports of scrap metals, plastics and paper to China have increased at a remarkable pace over the last 20 years.
wood chips
29 May 2013
Rayonier, the $1.6 billion exporter of performance fibers, faces constraints from factors beyond its control, including limited truck productivity, shallow ports and improved but spotty liner scheduling reliability, adding costs to the roughly 40,000 TEUs the company exports annually.
29 May 2013
Agriculture exporters shouldn’t have trouble finding ocean container capacity this year or next, nor will they have any trouble finding buyers.
Railyard in Hamburg, Germany
29 May 2013
When the European Shippers’ Council celebrates its 50th anniversary in June, carriers in the air and at sea undoubtedly will be reminded of two of the ESC’s biggest victories: its role in persuading European Commission antitrust hawks to outlaw liner shipping conferences, and forcing UPS to pull its $7 billion takeover of TNT Express.
28 May 2013
U.S. exports of recycled plastics, metal and paper to China are taking a beating because China’s new administration country is cracking down on the importation of adulterated scrap products.
27 May 2013
If more shippers are starting to think about co-loading freight and sharing capacity to fight rising transportation costs, some credit should go to Kimberly-Clark. For more than two years, the $21.1 billion consumer packaged goods company has successfully shared truck capacity with another CPG shipper, Colgate, to improve distribution to a limited number of CVS Caremark retail stores.
Portion of the JOC's Top 100 Exporters rankings
24 May 2013
Top 100 exporters in 2012: U.S. foreign trade via ocean container transport.
24 May 2013
Wastepaper is a bedrock of U.S. exports, accounting for more than 20 of the top 100 U.S. exporters of containerized cargo and more than 15 percent of total export containers. That’s unlikely to change soon, but two emerging trends could slow future growth.
stacked containers
24 May 2013
One step forward, a half-step backward. That’s expected to be the story of the U.S. economy, and containerized imports and exports, through the rest of 2013.
24 May 2013
Energy now locked in shale rock is fueling a renaissance in U.S. chemical manufacturing that will drive rising exports of chemicals and related products even higher, according to the head of the American Chemistry Council.

Commentary

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