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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Top 50 News
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50

DB Schenker Halts Deliveries to UK Due to Brexit Trouble

A freight truck operated by DB Schenker stands at the Port of Helsinki in Finland.

DB Schenker, a major logistics company owned by German rail giant Deutsche Bahn AG, suspended deliveries to the U.K. due to “significant” problems caused by post-Brexit red tape.

Joe Mayes | Bloomberg News
January 14, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50

DHL Owner Deutsche Post Reaps Profit Boost as Virus Spurs Demand

An employee sorts packages at a DHL Worldwide Express facility in Chicago. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Deutsche Post AG reported record earnings as its DHL express-delivery arm benefited from a surge in home shopping spurred by the coronavirus crisis.

Richard Weiss | Bloomberg News
January 12, 2021
Business, Safety, Top 50, Top 100

XPO Logistics Partners With Truckers Against Trafficking

XPO

XPO Logistics Inc. announced Jan. 11 that it has formed a partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking in an effort to combat the crime.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 12, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50

XPO Names Leadership Team for New Logistics Business

Malcolm Wilson

XPO Logistics Inc. on Jan. 12 announced the senior leadership team for the upcoming spinoff of its logistics segment.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 12, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50

Amware CEO Outlines Moulton Logistics Acquisition

Amware warehouse

Amware Fulfillment CEO Harry Drajpuch detailed Jan. 5 how the recent acquisition of Moulton Logistics helps bolster ongoing growth strategies.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 6, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50

Maersk Says Record Shipping Rates Unlikely to Have Peaked Yet

A container ship operated by Maersk leaves the Port of Felixstowe in the U.K. on December 2020. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, the world’s largest container carrier, is working at full capacity and can’t yet see a peak in freight rates that have already been propelled to record highs by pandemic consumer spending.

Christian Wienberg | Bloomberg News
January 6, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50

Lineage Logistics Acquires Refrigerated Rail Company Cryo-Trans

Lineage Logistics.

Cold-storage specialist Lineage Logistics is branching into rail.

Gillian Tan | Bloomberg News
January 5, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

XPO Finishes Acquisition of Kuehne + Nagel’s European Logistics

XPO truck

XPO Logistics has completed its acquisition of the majority of Swiss firm Kuehne + Nagel’s European logistics, the company announced Jan. 4.

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

J.B. Hunt Adds Temperature-Controlled Services to Tech Platform

J.B. Hunt truck

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced the availability of temperature-controlled transportation services within its Shipper 360 by J.B. Hunt technology platform.

December 18, 2020
Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

FedEx Reports Record FY Q2 Net Sales of $20.5 Billion

FedEx truck

The global surge in e-commerce brought on by the coronavirus pandemic combined with online holiday shopping sent net quarterly sales for FedEx Corp. above $20 billion for the first time in its history, and led to an increase in net income as well, the company reported Dec. 17.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 17, 2020

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