2021 Top 50 Global Freight Carriers

2021 Essential Revenue and Operating Information for the 50 Largest Global Freight Carriers
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Rank This Yearsort descending 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%
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