2021 Essential Revenue and Operating Information for the 50 Largest Global Freight Carriers

Up Front

After once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, supply chains are adjusting to new normal.
Global supply chain, so often taken for granted, becomes cause for worldwide concern.
Find out where the Top 50 Global Freight Carriers are based.
Rankings
 

Gulf Coast

Port Name City Type of Freight TEUs Volume of Freight Tonnage
Helena Harbor Helena, Ark. NA   1,108,537
Hickman-Fulton County Riverport Hickman, Ky. NA   1,144,576
Kaskaskia Regional Port Red Bud, Ill. break bulk, dry bulk   5,205,459
Owensboro Riverport Owensboro, Ky. break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   2,559,487
Plaquemines Port Plaquemines Parish, La. container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   52,752,984
Port Fourchon Lafourche Parish, La. liquid bulk   7,775,668
Port Freeport Freeport, Texas container, break bulk, automobile, heavy lift, special project cargo   29,844,416
Port of Beaumont Beaumont, Texas container, break bulk, dry bulk, automobile, heavy lift   101,089,801
Port of Brownsville Brownsville, Texas container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   6,632,612
Port of Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tenn. NA   1,987,313
Port of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Cincinnati NA   36,560,095
Port of Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   111,223,976
Port of Galveston Galveston, Texas break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, passenger   10,958,425
Port of Greater Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, La. break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   73,400,104
Port of Greenville Greenville, Miss. container, break bulk, dry bulk   3,105,923
Port of Gulfport Gulfport, Miss. container, break bulk, dry bulk   1,966,349
Port of Guntersville Guntersville, Ala. NA   1,585,476
Port of Houston Houston container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   284,944,468
Port of Huntington Tri-State Huntington, W.Va. NA   36,784,682
Port of Iberia Iberia, La. container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   2,056,212
Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, Ind. NA   9,344,185
Port of Kansas City Kansas City, Mo. break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   1,117,045
Port of Lake Charles Lake Charles, La. dry bulk, heavy lift, special project cargo   58,038,313
Port of Lake Providence Lake Providence, La. NA   1,096,782
Port of Louisville Louisville, Ky. dry bulk   6,420,628
Port of Memphis Memphis, Tenn. break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   8,914,841
Port of Mobile Mobile, Ala. container, break bulk, dry bulk, heavy lift   56,893,814
Port of Nashville Nashville, Tenn. NA   6,939,914
Port of New Madrid County New Madrid, Mo. NA   2,264,590
Port of New Orleans New Orleans container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, passenger   92,208,560
Port of Orange Orange, Texas NA   1,574,470
Port of Panama City Panama City, Fla. container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   2,258,064
Port of Pascagoula Pascagoula, Miss. break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   25,847,060
Port of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh NA   21,777,395
Port of Port Arthur Port Arthur, Texas break bulk, dry bulk, special project cargo   33,943,782
Port of Port Lavaca Port Lavaca, Texas NA   5,220,760
Port of Rosedale Rosedale, Miss. dry bulk   1,435,130
Port of South Louisiana LaPlace, La. break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   237,956,928
Port of St. Louis St. Louis NA   31,250,309
Port of St. Paul St. Paul, Minn. dry bulk   5,031,086
Port of Terrebonne Houma, La. NA   2,139,252
Port of Texas City Texas City, Texas liquid bulk   41,338,934
Port of Vicksburg Vicksburg, Miss. break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   3,046,191
Port of Victoria Victoria, Texas break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk   2,672,649
Southeast Missouri Port Scott City, Mo. NA   1,237,041
Tulsa Port of Catoosa Tulsa, Okla. break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, special project cargo   1,234,695

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Global Freight News

Government, Business, Global Freight

Drop in Global Shipping Costs Signals Cooling Inflation, Experts Say

The pandemic-era surge in shipping costs was a “smoking gun” that foretold the global inflation spike, and the sharp drop in maritime-freight expenses since peaking last year will contribute to an easing in price pressures.

Ana Monteiro | Bloomberg News
January 25, 2023
Business, Global Freight

Union Pacific Profit Disappoints After Costly Winter Storms

Union Pacific Corp. reported fourth-quarter profit that missed analysts’ estimates as disruptions from winter storms drove up costs.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
January 24, 2023
Business, Logistics, Global Freight, TCA

Port of Mobile Posts All-Time Container Shipping Figures in 2022

The Port of Mobile has set a new record for annual container traffic, beating the benchmark it set in 2021 by more than 11%.

Lawrence Specker | Alabama Media Group
January 20, 2023
Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Multiple Factors Turn California Ports Into ‘Dormant Volcano’

A year ago in early January, a record 109 containerships carrying U.S. imports surrounded the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. — as of today, the queue is gone.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
January 11, 2023
Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Labor Disruptions at Ports Quadrupled Globally in 2022

Labor unrest took an unusually heavy toll on ports around the world in 2022, and the outlook for continued economic instability could bring even more upheaval to global supply chains in 2023.

Ann Koh | Bloomberg News
January 10, 2023
Government, Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Fresh Fragility in Global Trade Set to Be Revealed in 2023

Since 2020, a pandemic-fueled supply crunch, Russia’s war with Ukraine, and a deepening rift in the U.S.-China trade relationship have hammered home the idea that the world needs more resilient trade networks.

Bryce Baschuk | Bloomberg News
January 3, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics, Global Freight

Shipping Insurers Back Off of Russia-Ukraine Trade

A host of shipping insurers altered their policies for 2023 to exclude claims linked to Russia’s war in Ukraine, a further sign of the industry’s growing concerns about losses stemming from the conflict.

December 28, 2022
Business, For-Hire, Global Freight

FedEx Profit Tops Estimates as Higher Prices Offset Decline in Shipments

FedEx Corp. on Dec. 20 reported fiscal-year, second-quarter income that beat Wall Street expectations and revenue that fell below expectations.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
December 21, 2022
Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Union Pacific Puts Shipping Limits on Hold

Union Pacific says it will stop imposing temporary limits on certain businesses’ shipments while it reviews the policy that federal regulators and shippers criticized at a hearing in mid-December.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
December 19, 2022
Business, Logistics, Global Freight

Union Pacific’s Embargoes Generate Complaints From Shippers

Federal regulators and shippers are questioning Union Pacific’s decision to temporarily limit some businesses’ shipments as part of its effort to clear up congestion across the railroad.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
December 15, 2022

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