2021 Top Airfreight Forwarders

2021 Essential Financial and Operating Information for the 50 Largest Logistics Companies in North America
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Top Airfreight Forwarders

Company Headquarters Airfreight (Metric Tons)
1 DHL Supply Chain & Global Forwarding Germany 1,795,000
2 Kuehne + Nagel Switzerland 1,418,000
3 DSV Panalpina Denmark 1,272,405
4 DB Schenker Germany 991,200
5 UPS Supply Chain Solutions United States 965,700
6 Expeditors International of Washington United States 840,700
7 Apex Logistics International Hong Kong 750,000
8 Nippon Express Japan 720,115
9 Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Germany 586,670
10 Bollore Logistics France 574,000
11 Kintetsu World Express Japan 566,814
12 Sinotrans Ltd. China 502,000
13 Kerry Logistics Hong Kong 493,903
14 Ceva Logistics Switzerland 440,000
15 Agility Logistics Kuwait 415,000
16 Crane Worldwide Logistics United States 337,300
17 Yusen Logistics Japan 337,000
18 Dachser SE Germany 330,000
19 Geodis France 308,173
20 FedEx Logistics United States 262,500
21 NNR Global Logistics Japan 244,595
22 Pilot Freight Services United States 240,000
23 C.H. Robinson Worldwide United States 225,000
24 Hitachi Transport System Japan 221,000
25 AWOT Global Logistics Group China 219,768
26 Dimerco Express Group Taiwan 199,630
27 Logwin AG Luxembourg 180,000
28 Cargo-Partner Austria 171,850
29 Trinity Logistics USA United States 164,000
30 Damco/Maersk Logistics The Netherlands 158,405
31 EFL Sri Lanka 146,098
32 Mainfreight Ltd. New Zealand 126,071
33 Toll Group Australia 111,600
34 APL Logistics Singapore 106,000
35 AIT Worldwide Logistics United States 105,850
36 Beijing Harmony Shipping & Forwarding Agent China 100,000
37 Seko Logistics United States 90,000
38 TransGroup Global Logistics United States 86,000
39 Nissin Corp. Japan 85,000
40 BDP International United States 76,000
41 OIA Global United States 75,000
42 XPO Logistics United States 70,200
43 Scan Global Logistics A/S Denmark 70,000
44 Worldwide Logistics Group China 64,768
45 Nexus Logistics Chile 58,678
46 Noatum Logistics Spain 56,000
47 Imperial Logistics South Africa 53,660
48 Gebruder Weiss Austria 53,000
49 TVS Supply Chain Solutions India 50,000
49 BEL International Logistics Hong Kong 50,000
49 Mallory Alexander International Logistics United States 50,000
49 Savino Del Bene Italy 50,000
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Syncreon Holdings Reported to Be Weighing $1.5 Billion Sale

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The owners of supply-chain services company Syncreon Holdings are exploring a sale of the company that could value it at as much as $1.5 billion, including debt, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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XPO Logistics Announces Hiring Plans, Taps CFO for Spinoff GXO


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Lineage Logistics Acquires Cryo-Trans for $500 Million

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Pandemic Upends Logistics Market

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The COVID-19 outbreak created a volatile U.S. third-party logistics market in 2020, which presented growth opportunities for 3PLs with strong carrier management, e-commerce and airfreight forwarding capabilities, while other 3PLs did not fare as well.

Evan Armstrong | President of Armstrong & Associates Inc.
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A Fresh Look at the 2021 Top 50 Logistics Companies

C.H. Robinson, which ranks No. 1 on the 2021 list, has expanded its fulfillment capabilities through acquisitions.

Transport Topics has produced an annual ranking of the largest companies in this dynamic segment of the transportation business for nearly two decades, but much like the industry itself, this list continues to evolve.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
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How Logistics Firms Are Handling the Pandemic's E-Commerce Boom

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The COVID-19 pandemic has squeezed many years of growth in online sales and e-commerce fulfillment into a single 12-month period.

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April 3, 2021


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