2023 Essential Revenue and Operating Information for the 50 Largest Global Freight Companies
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Infrastructure and automation improvements have helped port operators, but there is still more work to be done.

A new No. 1 leads off this year’s Transport Topics Top 50 list of the world’s largest freight companies.

Get a continent-by-continent and country- by-country look at where the Top 50 Global Freight Companies are based.


Port Data

Rank Port Name City Type of Freight TEUs 2022 TEUs 2021 % Change Freight Tonnage (metric tons)
1 Port of Los Angeles Los Angeles container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, automotive, heavy lift, special project cargo, refrigerated, passenger 9,911,159 10,677,610 -7.2% 219,000,000*
2 Port of New York and New Jersey New York container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, automotive, heavy lift, special project cargo, refrigerated, passenger 9,493,664 8,985,929 5.7%  
3 Port of Long Beach Long Beach, Calif. container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, automotive, heavy lift, special project cargo, refrigerated, passenger 9,133,657 9,384,368 -2.7% 193,354,062
4 Port of Savannah Savannah, Ga. container, break bulk, heavy lift, automobile, refrigerated 5,892,131 5,613,163 5.0% 38,459,904
5 Ports of Colon, Cristobal and Manzanillo Colón, Panama container, liquid bulk, dry bulk, passenger, transshipping 5,058,556 4,915,975 2.9%  
6 Port Houston Houston container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 3,974,901 3,453,226 15.1% 49,950,465
7 Port of Virginia Norfolk, Va. container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, automobile 3,703,231 3,522,834 5.1% 59,398,828
8 Port of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, automobile, special project cargo, passenger 3,557,294 3,678,952 -3.3% 142,469,186
9 Port of Manzanillo Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico container, dry bulk, liquid bulk 3,473,852 3,371,438 3.0% 34,434,272
10 Northwest Seaport Alliance Seattle and Tacoma, Wash. container, break bulk, liquid bulk, dry bulk, automobile, heavy lift, special project cargo, refrigerated, passenger, air cargo 3,384,018 3,736,206 -9.4% 24,551,174
11 Port of Balboa/PSA Panama International Terminal Panama Int'l Terminals, Panama container, transshipping 3,347,861 3,561,432 -6.0%  
12 Port of Charleston Charleston, S.C. container, break bulk, dry bulk, automobile, refrigerated 2,792,313 2,751,442 1.5%  
13 Port of Oakland Oakland, Calif. container 2,337,607 2,448,243 -4.5%  
14 Port of Kingston Kingston, Jamaica container, heavy lift, liquid bulk 2,137,500 1,975,401 8.2%  
15 Port of Montreal Montreal container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, passenger 1,722,704 1,728,114 -0.3% 35,997,337
16 Port of Lázaro Cárdenas Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, Mexico container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, transshipping 1,700,000 1,686,076 0.8%  
17 Port of Freeport Freeport, Bahamas container, passenger 1,574,200 1,642,780 -4.2%  
18 Port of Caucedo Caucedo, Dominican Republic container, refrigerated, transshipping 1,406,500 1,250,000 12.5%  
19 Port of San Juan San Juan, Puerto Rico container 1,398,600 1,438,738 -2.8%  
20 Port of Jacksonville^ Jacksonville, Fla. container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, automobile, heavy lift, refrigerated 1,298,132 1,407,310 -7.8% 9,101,666
21 Port Miami^ Miami container, passenger 1,197,663 1,254,062 -4.5% 9,267,587
22 Moín Container Terminal Límon, Costa Rica container 1,182,854 1,319,372 -10.3%  
23 Port Everglades Broward County, Fla. container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, passenger 1,107,546 1,038,179 6.7% 24,129,601
24 Port of Baltimore Baltimore container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, automobile, refrigerated, passenger 1,069,421 1,022,683 4.6% 10,307,241
25 Port of Prince Rupert Prince Rupert, British Columbia container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, special project cargo, passenger 1,035,639 1,054,836 -1.8% 24,593,720
NOTE: Data for the ports of Kingston, Freeport, Caucedo and San Juan are via PortEconomics. Data for the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas is via the American Journal of Transportation. All other data is via port authorities.

* Freight tonnage for the Port of Los Angeles is for fiscal year 2021-22, ended June 30, 2022.

^ Data for the Port of Jacksonville and Port Miami is for fiscal year 2021-22, ended Sept. 30, 2022.

2022 saw an eastern shift in North American ocean freight, while airfreight dipped across the continent.

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