2021 Top Ocean Freight Forwarders

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

Rank Company Headquarters Ocean Containers
1 Kuehne + Nagel Switzerland 4,550,000
2 Sinotrans Ltd. China 3,770,000
3 DHL Supply Chain & Global Forwarding Germany 2,832,000
4 DSV Panalpina Denmark 2,204,902
5 DB Schenker Germany 2,042,000
6 C.H. Robinson Worldwide United States 1,200,000
7 Ceva Logistics Switzerland 1,050,000
8 Kerry Logistics Hong Kong 1,019,924
9 Expeditors International of Washington United States 1,012,600
10 Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Germany 955,800
11 Geodis France 866,631
12 Fr. Meyer's Sohn Germany 850,000
13 Yusen Logistics Japan 764,000
14 Bollore Logistics France 761,000
15 Agility Logistics Kuwait 740,000
16 Worldwide Logistics Group China 707,803
17 Logwin AG Luxembourg 690,000
18 AllCargo Logistics India 684,000
19 Nippon Express Japan 660,152
20 OOCL Logistics Hong Kong 660,000
21 Kintetsu World Express Japan 644,464
22 Leschaco Germany 636,000
23 UPS Supply Chain Solutions United States 620,000
24 Damco/Maersk Logistics The Netherlands 577,084
25 Cargo Services Far East Hong Kong 566,000
26 Toll Group Australia 527,200
27 Dachser SE Germany 520,000
28 LF Logistics Hong Kong 500,000
28 China Resources Logistics (Group) Hong Kong 500,000
30 Hitachi Transport System Japan 462,000
31 Honour Lane Shipping Hong Kong 418,630
32 Kingway Transportation Company China 400,000
32 Mallory Alexander International Logistics United States 400,000
34 Asia Shipping Transportes Internacionais Brazil 391,820
35 Mainfreight Ltd. New Zealand 337,504
36 Long Sail International Logistics China 314,173
37 Cargo-Partner Austria 314,067
38 Noatum Logistics Spain 307,000
39 BDP International United States 302,000
40 Chinatrans International Logistics China 300,000
41 Zhejiang Jiulong International Logistics China 250,000
42 Nissin Corp. Japan 230,000
43 Dimerco Express Group Taiwan 228,934
44 De Well Group China 195,000
45 Sino-Ocean Group China 192,000
46 Zhejiang Chasen Freight Forwarding China 180,000
47 CWT Pte. Ltd. Singapore 170,000
47 Scan Global Logistics A/S Denmark 170,000
49 EFL Sri Lanka 167,312
50 CJ Logistics South Korea 136,644
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Syncreon Holdings Reported to Be Weighing $1.5 Billion Sale

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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.

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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.

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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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