2020 Essential Revenue and Operating Information for the 50 Largest Global Freight Carriers
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Freight carriers across the world experienced dramatic market shifts and volume swings in 2020.
The new trade deal between U.S., Mexico and Canada provides market certainty for North American trade.
The world’s largest freight carriers have navigated unprecedented circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rankings
 

Great Lakes

Port Name City Type of Freight TEUs Volume of Freight Tonnage
Ashtabula HarborAshtabula, Ohiodry bulkNA4,254,537
Buffington HarborBuffington, Ind.NANA1,634,865
Drummond Island PortDrummond Island, Mich.NANA1,260,854
Fairport Harbor PointFairport Harbor, OhioNANA1,957,879
Indiana HarborEast Chicago, Ind.dry bulk, liquid bulk, heavy liftNA11,910,541
Port ClintonMarblehead, OhioNANA1,889,279
Port DolomiteClark Township, Mich.NANA2,766,412
Port InlandGulliver, Mich.NANA4,327,245
Port of AlpenaAlpena, Mich.NANA2,237,836
Port of CalciteCalcite, Mich.special project cargoNA7,759,361
Port of ChicagoChicagodry bulk, liquid bulkNA16,866,792
Port of ClevelandClevelandcontainer, dry bulk, liquid bulk, heavy lift, special project cargoNA11,778,910
Port of ConneautConneaut, OhioNANA3,487,058
Port of DetroitDetroitdry bulk, liquid bulk, passengerNA14,837,762
Port of Duluth-SuperiorDuluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, heavy lift, passengerNA35,102,200
Port of GaryGary, Ind.NANA8,600,449
Port of Grand HavenGrand Haven, Mich.NANA1,321,003
Port of Green BayGreen Bay, Wis.dry bulk, liquid bulkNA2,156,416
Port of HamiltonHamilton, Ontariocontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, special project cargoNA11,628,319
Port of Indiana-Burns HarborPortage, Ind.container, dry bulk, liquid bulk, heavy liftNA8,496,097
Port of MilwaukeeMilwaukeedry bulkNA2,301,557
Port of MonroeMonroe, Mich.NANA1,195,210
Port of MontrealMontrealcontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, passengerNA38,041,530
Port of SanduskySandusky, OhioNANA2,247,534
Port of Silver BaySilver Bay, Minn.NANA6,248,656
Port of St. ClairSt. Clair, Mich.NANA6,192,710
Port of StoneportStoneport, Mich.NANA4,141,455
Port of ToledoToledo, OhioNANA8,899,825
Port of TorontoTorontocontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, passengerNA2,172,750
Presque Isle HarborPresque Isle, Mich.NANA7,473,094
Two HarborsTwo Harbors, Minn.dry bulkNA17,208,207
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Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

UPS Expects 40% Jump in Vaccine Doses Next Week, Peak in May

A UPS truck exits a distribution center in Chicago in November 2020. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. are ramping up vaccine distribution, with plans for additional gains if Johnson & Johnson’s inoculation is cleared by U.S. regulators.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50

Kuehne + Nagel Buys Apex Logistics in $1.5 Billion Deal

Trucks and trailers at the Kuehne + Nagel International AG logistics center in Haiger, Germany.

Kuehne + Nagel International AG has agreed to acquire Apex International Corp. in a deal that values the freight forwarder at about $1.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

February 22, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50

US Steps Up Heat on Container Carriers to Ease Port Congestion

A container ship is berthed at the Kobe Port in Hyogo, Japan. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg News)

U.S. regulators stepped up the heat on ocean shipping companies and the seaport terminals some of them operate, seeking to smooth the disrupted flow of containers that are swamping America’s biggest ports and wreaking havoc on the nation’s strained supply chains.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2021
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February 10, 2021
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Chinese Package-Delivery Firm SF Holding Eyes Stake in Kerry Logistics

Employees handle packages at an SF Express store in Hong Kong. (Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg News)

SF Holding Co., one of the largest Chinese package-delivery services, is exploring a potential investment in tycoon Robert Kuok’s listed logistics business, people with knowledge of the matter said.

February 4, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

UPS Gives Old Jets New Life

UPS will install new cockpit computers in dozens of aging freight planes. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Imagine ripping out the dashboard of your 20-year-old minivan and replacing it with the high-tech controls from a Tesla.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
February 4, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

Schneider Reports Increased Net Income During Q4 2020

Schneider

Schneider National on Feb. 3 reported a year-over-year increase in profit for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 3, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50

C.H. Robinson Posts Strong Q4 Numbers, Mixed Annual Results

C.H. Robinson

C.H. Robinson Worldwide posted large gains in both profit and revenue during the fourth quarter, but its annual results were mixed because of the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
January 27, 2021
Business, Technology, Top 50

E-Commerce Shaped by COVID-19 May Become New Normal, Experts Say

Adam Colon

The online shopping trend hastened by the COVID-19 pandemic may signal a new normal for purchasing habits and shipping services, according to Adam Colon, director of operations at J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 22, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50

C.H. Robinson Launches Consumer Brand for Fresh Produce

C.H. Robinson

C.H. Robinson’s fresh produce business division will roll out its own brand of fruits and vegetables nationwide, the logistics company announced Jan. 19.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 20, 2021

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