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.
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Rankings

Rank This Year Rank Last Year Company Headquarters Freight Revenue (Millions) Total Revenue (Millions) Freight Revenue Share
1 2 UPS Inc. USA $72,593 $84,628 85.8%
2 1 FedEx Corp. USA $70,456 $74,729 94.3%
3 3 China State Railway Group China $46,357 $164,346 28.2%
4 4 Maersk Denmark $35,718 $39,740 89.9%
5 8 Mediterranean Shipping Co Switzerland $29,995 $29,995 100.0%
6 7 Deutsche Post DHL Germany $26,779 $76,191 35.1%
7 10 Cosco Shipping China $24,820 $24,820 100.0%
8 5 CMA CGM France $24,230 $31,580 76.7%
9 13 SF Express China $22,317 $22,317 100.0%
10 6 Russian Railways Russia $21,649 $30,261 71.5%
11 9 BNSF Railway USA $19,778 $20,869 94.8%
12 11 Union Pacific USA $19,533 $19,533 100.0%
13 12 Indian Railways India $15,740 $18,618 84.5%
14 14 Hapag-Lloyd Germany $14,567 $14,567 100.0%
15 16 Yamato Holdings Japan $13,523 $15,274 88.5%
16 23 GeoPost Group France $12,460 $12,460 100.0%
17 15 Deutsche Bahn Group Germany $12,357 $45,508 27.2%
18 17 CSX Corp. USA $10,538 $10,538 100.0%
19 19 Canadian National Canada $10,060 $10,307 97.6%
20 18 Norfolk Southern USA $9,789 $9,789 100.0%
21 22 SG Holdings Japan $9,702 $11,806 82.2%
22 20 NYK Group Japan $9,205 $15,254 60.3%
23 21 Mitsui O.S.K Lines Japan $8,721 $9,556 91.3%
24 24 XPO Logistics USA $8,156 $16,252 50.2%
25 25 J.B. Hunt Transport Services USA $8,022 $9,637 83.2%
26 28 Evergreen Marine Corp. Taiwan $6,565 $7,029 93.4%
27 26 Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K Line) Japan $5,967 $5,967 100.0%
28 27 Canadian Pacific Railway Canada $5,624 $5,750 97.8%
29 31 Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. South Korea $5,438 $5,438 100.0%
30 35 General Logistics Systems (Royal Mail) Netherlands $5,183 $5,183 100.0%
31 48 Qatar Airways Qatar $5,071 $8,062 62.9%
32 40 Emirates Group UAE $4,657 $8,230 56.6%
33 30 Yang Ming Marine Transport Co. Taiwan $4,632 $5,135 90.2%
34 29 Yellow Corp. USA $4,513 $4,513 100.0%
35 32 Knight-Swift Transportation USA $4,177 $4,674 89.4%
36 33 Old Dominion Freight Line USA $4,015 $4,015 100.0%
37 39 ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Israel $3,992 $3,992 100.0%
38 Korean Air South Korea $3,605 $6,280 57.4%
39 41 Cathay Pacific Airways Hong Kong $3,596 $6,051 59.4%
40 37 TFI International Canada $3,542 $3,782 93.6%
41 44 Toll Group (Japan Post) Australia $3,503 $7,112 49.3%
42 36 Schneider USA $3,457 $4,553 75.9%
43 38 Nippon Express Japan $3,317 $18,856 17.6%
44 Cargolux Luxembourg $3,171 $3,171 100.0%
45 47 Lufthansa Group Germany $3,144 $15,498 20.3%
46 45 Estes Express USA $3,055 $3,547 86.1%
47 34 Transnet Group South Africa $2,995 $3,770 79.5%
48 Wan Hai Lines Taiwan $2,779 $2,779 100.0%
49 Turkish Airlines Turkey $2,722 $6,734 40.4%
50 43 Kansas City Southern USA $2,633 $2,633 100.0%

Extras

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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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