Top 100 US Importers

Top 100 US Importers

The Journal of Commerce’s annual Top 100 U.S. 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.  

 

Special Coverage

JOC Top 100 Importers and Exporters Ranking 2018
Walmart remained atop the list of the largest US importers by volume last year and is nearing the 1 million-TEU mark, moving more than 7.3 times the volume of online retail giant Amazon, which came in at No. 12.

News & Analysis

31 Mar 2020
The Federal Maritime Commission will engage stakeholders on how it can maintain cargo fluidity in the supply chain during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in a bid to avoid disruption.
19 Mar 2020
The 10-year US economic expansion is over, killed by the response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019), and the recovery will be slow, IHS Markit chief economist Nariman Behravesh warns.
19 Mar 2020
While truck activity is rampant for essential goods, US fashion footwear freight movement is slowing to a halt as department stores shut down, according to supply chain executives.
17 Mar 2020
The coronavirus is creating new opportunities for cargo thieves, and demands better “continuity planning” from businesses that ship freight, BSI says.
12 Mar 2020
In picking former Home Depot CFO Carol Tomé as CEO, UPS puts a former customer from retail e-commerce leader in the driver’s seat.
19 Sep 2019
What differentiates good shippers from bad ones? A Council of Supply Chain Management Conference panel discussed how the real conversation for shippers is internal, not external.
12 Sep 2019
Schneider National says it’s not worried about Amazon purchasing branded 53-foot containers because the intermodal provider believes only a small group of companies have the scale to insource.
19 Jun 2019
Despite a downturn in volume, freight shippers say intermodal remains a critical component of their supply chains even as technology is poised to lower truck costs.
03 Jun 2019
China has supplied nearly two-thirds of containerized US household goods imports for several years, but increased tariffs are likely to curtail volumes.
31 May 2019
Exports of containerized scrap products from the US have declined every year since 2014, bad news for ports and shipping lines that depend upon recyclables as reliable backhaul commodities.
31 May 2019
The US-China trade war is keeping shippers on edge, and will likely cause further shifts in the JOC.com annual Top 100 US Importers and Exporters rankings in 2019.
28 May 2019
Economists and shipping industry leaders warn the US-China trade war could be a potential tipping point for a global economy that was already cooling before President Donald Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.
27 May 2019
Despite strong expected consumer demand, uncertainty over the outcome of the US-China trade talks could reduce growth in US electronics imports in 2019, after 5.2 percent growth in 2018.
23 May 2019
The volume of chemicals exports from the United States will be shaped in 2019 by the resolution of the US-China trade war.
21 May 2019
Retail giants Walmart and Amazon have entered into conversations directly with Class I railroads to enter in service agreements, bucking the historical structure in which shippers are required to use intermediaries to procure space.
21 May 2019
Toys from China remain unaffected by tariffs, but shippers fear they could be impacted by future rounds of tariffs.
21 May 2019
The automotive trade is waiting with bated breath for any tariffs coming out of the US Commerce Department’s investigation into the potential national security implications of imports of vehicles and parts.
20 May 2019
Higher tariffs and slowing manufacturing growth are among the factors weighing on heavy machinery demand.
22 Apr 2019
US containerized imports from Asia dropped 0.5 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2019, after rising 15.5 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the PIERS data, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Markit
16 Apr 2019
Ryder urges shippers to apply for expedited clearance to mitigate disruption from US-Mexico cross-border congestion as it adds equipment and builds out its truck yards and warehousing space near the border.
US Customs House, New York, NY.
13 Aug 2018
Importers may be unaware that they need to increase the level of the bond they must maintain with US Customs and Border Protection for duties due to be paid over a 12-month period.
Port of Long Beach.
09 Jul 2018
US importers plan to bring in record container volume this peak season, which will translate into an impressive 2018 year-end gain compared with 2017.
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22 May 2018
With a strong economy and fashion in vogue, US imports should be on the rise.
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.
21 May 2018
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.
19 Dec 2017
It is unclear whether Maersk's strategy regarding forwarders is a temporary tactical move or part of a broader push.
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.
30 Nov 2016
Next-day shipping isn't just for online retailers. The parts division of $19 billion heavy truck maker PACCAR designed its latest distribution center to speed delivery of aftermarket components to customers.
08 Sep 2016
The vice president of international logistics at retailer Target, Joshua Dolan, will lead a coalition dedicated to increasing supply chain efficiency.
05 Jul 2016
Slide show: Growth among the leaders on the JOC's Top 100 Importers in 2015 rankings involved tenacity and perseverance in building scale with global agility.
22 Jun 2016
For those companies ranked in the JOC’s Top 100 U.S. Importers in 2015, growth was driven by more than mergers and acquisitions. 
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22 May 2016
As the July–October peak shipping season nears, excess retail stock could act as a drag on containerized imports.
20 May 2016
Fulfilling orders from supplier warehouses are likely to shift freight patterns and increase home-delivery demand.
18 Apr 2016
U.S. retail sales may have dropped in March, but demand for toys, especially those related to Disney’s hit movie Frozen, created a surge in containerized toy imports and boosted sales for Hasbro.
21 Nov 2015
The National Automobile Dealers Association raised its forecast for 2016 U.S. car and light truck sales to 17.7 million units, a record high that will drive automotive freight and logistics demand.

Commentary

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