2020 Essential Revenue and Operating Information for the 50 Largest Global Freight Carriers
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Up Front
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
 

Gulf Coast

Port Name City Type of Freight TEUs Volume of Freight Tonnage
Helena HarborHelena, Ark.NANA1,118,011
Hickman Fulton County RiverportHickman, Ky.NANA1,283,282
Kaskaskia Regional PortRed Bud, Ill.break bulk, dry bulkNA5,776,030
Matagorda HarborMatagorda, TexasNANA5,379,731
Owensboro RiverportOwensboro, Ky.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulkNA2,872,596
Plaquemines PortPlaquemines Parish, La.container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulkNA56,850,137
Port FourchonLafourche Parish, La.liquid bulkNA7,836,594
Port FreeportFreeport, Texascontainer, break bulk, automobile, heavy lift, special project cargoNA25,446,078
Port of BeaumontBeaumont, Texascontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, automobile, heavy liftNA100,244,231
Port of BrownsvilleBrownsville, Texascontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulkNA8,348,358
Port of ChattanoogaChattanooga, Tenn.NANA2,225,953
Port of Cincinnati-Northern KentuckyCincinnatiNANA38,534,187
Port of Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi, Texasbreak bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk NA93,468,323
Port of GalvestonGalveston, Texasbreak bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, passengerNA9,111,500
Port of Greater Baton RougeBaton Rouge, La.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk NA82,234,811
Port of GreenvilleGreenville, Miss.container, break bulk, dry bulkNA2,944,932
Port of GulfportGulfport, Miss.container, break bulk, dry bulkNA2,052,691
Port of GuntersvilleGuntersville, Ala.NANA1,918,572
Port of HoustonHoustoncontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk NA268,930,047
Port of Huntington Tri-StateHuntington, W.Va.NANA34,245,342
Port of IberiaIberia, La.container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulkNA2,172,388
Port of Indiana-Mount VernonMount Vernon, Ind.NANA10,332,103
Port of Kansas CityKansas City, Mo.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulkNA1,374,284
Port of Lake CharlesLake Charles, La.dry bulk, heavy lift, special project cargoNA56,908,344
Port of Lake ProvidenceLake Providence, La.NANA1,147,254
Port of LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.dry bulkNA6,241,476
Port of MemphisMemphis, Tenn.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulkNA11,055,740
Port of MobileMobile, Ala.container, break bulk, dry bulk, heavy liftNA58,635,622
Port of NashvilleNashville, Tenn.NANA6,154,679
Port of Natchez-Adams CountyNatchez, Miss.dry bulk, liquid bulk, heavy liftNA1,045,109
Port of New Madrid CountyNew Madrid, Mo.NANA2,259,548
Port of New OrleansNew Orleanscontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, passenger NA93,332,543
Port of OrangeOrange, TexasNANA1,235,508
Port of Panama CityPanama City, Fla.container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulkNA2,140,388
Port of PascagoulaPascagoula, Miss.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk NA27,358,043
Port of PittsburghPittsburghNANA21,567,015
Port of Port ArthurPort Arthur, Texasbreak bulk, dry bulk, special project cargoNA39,851,706
Port of Port LavacaPort Lavaca, TexasNANA5,062,663
Port of RosedaleRosedale, Miss.dry bulkNA1,066,185
Port of South LouisianaLaPlace, La.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk NA275,512,500
Port of St. LouisSt. LouisNANA37,426,710
Port of St. PaulSt. Paul, Minn.dry bulkNA5,813,777
Port of TerrebonneHouma, La.NANA2,122,316
Port of Texas CityTexas City, Texasliquid bulkNA42,682,311
Port of VicksburgVicksburg, Miss.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk NA2,962,979
Port of VictoriaVictoria, Texasbreak bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk NA3,860,635
Southeast Missouri PortScott City, Mo.NANA1,054,128
Tulsa Port of CatoosaTulsa, Okla.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, special project cargoNA2,044,890
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Top 50 News
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
Business, Logistics, Top 50

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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