Top 50 Global Transportation Providers

Top 50 Global Transportation Providers

The 50 top transportation companies, measured by annual worldwide revenue, are active in a cross-section of activities, including parcel delivery (topped by UPS, FedEx, DHL), rail (led by China Railway, Russian Railways, BNSF, Union Pacific), ocean freight (topped by Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping, CMA CGM, NYK Group), and logistics services (topped by DB Schenker, Kuehne + Nagel, XPO Logistics, Nippon Express, C.H. Robinson).   In a recent study, those 50 firms accounted for about $750 billion in aggregate revenue.




Special Coverage

Forty-seven of the top 50 global transportation providers saw revenues rise in 2018, benefitting from a strong global economic growth and growing anticipation of reciprocal tariffs between the United States and China.

News & Analysis

17 Oct 2019
CSX Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad reported weak intermodal volume for the third quarter, but insisted their networks are lean, efficient, and ready to fully capitalize when the market rebounds.
10 Oct 2019
A bigger footprint in El Paso, Texas, will help the freight forwarding arm of Deutsche Post DHL reach more shippers in the US and Mexico.
03 Oct 2019
Intermodal volumes did not recover in the third quarter, prompting questions of what railroads can do to win back shippers, other than waiting for a recovery in trucking.
23 May 2019
The largest US logistics provider is expanding its over-the-road service in Europe through an acquisition, its second purchase in Europe this year.
XPO Logistics.
18 Oct 2018
The Top 50 companies generated aggregate earnings of $750.3 billion in 2017, up 11.5 percent year over year.
XPO Logstics.
07 Feb 2018
Technology investments in the warehouse, at LTL docks, and in the last-mile delivery business are in the works at XPO Logistics, which expects consumer and business demand to propel technology in 2018.


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.