2021 Essential Revenue and Operating Information for the 50 Largest Global Freight Carriers
Up Front
After once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, supply chains are adjusting to new normal.
Global supply chain, so often taken for granted, becomes cause for worldwide concern.
Find out where the Top 50 Global Freight Carriers are based.

Gulf Coast

Port NameCityType of FreightTEUsVolume of Freight Tonnage
Helena HarborHelena, Ark.NA 1,108,537
Hickman-Fulton County RiverportHickman, Ky.NA 1,144,576
Kaskaskia Regional PortRed Bud, Ill.break bulk, dry bulk 5,205,459
Owensboro RiverportOwensboro, Ky.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 2,559,487
Plaquemines PortPlaquemines Parish, La.container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 52,752,984
Port FourchonLafourche Parish, La.liquid bulk 7,775,668
Port FreeportFreeport, Texascontainer, break bulk, automobile, heavy lift, special project cargo 29,844,416
Port of BeaumontBeaumont, Texascontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, automobile, heavy lift 101,089,801
Port of BrownsvilleBrownsville, Texascontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 6,632,612
Port of ChattanoogaChattanooga, Tenn.NA 1,987,313
Port of Cincinnati-Northern KentuckyCincinnatiNA 36,560,095
Port of Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi, Texasbreak bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 111,223,976
Port of GalvestonGalveston, Texasbreak bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, passenger 10,958,425
Port of Greater Baton RougeBaton Rouge, La.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 73,400,104
Port of GreenvilleGreenville, Miss.container, break bulk, dry bulk 3,105,923
Port of GulfportGulfport, Miss.container, break bulk, dry bulk 1,966,349
Port of GuntersvilleGuntersville, Ala.NA 1,585,476
Port of HoustonHoustoncontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 284,944,468
Port of Huntington Tri-StateHuntington, W.Va.NA 36,784,682
Port of IberiaIberia, La.container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 2,056,212
Port of Indiana-Mount VernonMount Vernon, Ind.NA 9,344,185
Port of Kansas CityKansas City, Mo.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 1,117,045
Port of Lake CharlesLake Charles, La.dry bulk, heavy lift, special project cargo 58,038,313
Port of Lake ProvidenceLake Providence, La.NA 1,096,782
Port of LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.dry bulk 6,420,628
Port of MemphisMemphis, Tenn.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 8,914,841
Port of MobileMobile, Ala.container, break bulk, dry bulk, heavy lift 56,893,814
Port of NashvilleNashville, Tenn.NA 6,939,914
Port of New Madrid CountyNew Madrid, Mo.NA 2,264,590
Port of New OrleansNew Orleanscontainer, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, passenger 92,208,560
Port of OrangeOrange, TexasNA 1,574,470
Port of Panama CityPanama City, Fla.container, break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 2,258,064
Port of PascagoulaPascagoula, Miss.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 25,847,060
Port of PittsburghPittsburghNA 21,777,395
Port of Port ArthurPort Arthur, Texasbreak bulk, dry bulk, special project cargo 33,943,782
Port of Port LavacaPort Lavaca, TexasNA 5,220,760
Port of RosedaleRosedale, Miss.dry bulk 1,435,130
Port of South LouisianaLaPlace, La.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 237,956,928
Port of St. LouisSt. LouisNA 31,250,309
Port of St. PaulSt. Paul, Minn.dry bulk 5,031,086
Port of TerrebonneHouma, La.NA 2,139,252
Port of Texas CityTexas City, Texasliquid bulk 41,338,934
Port of VicksburgVicksburg, Miss.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 3,046,191
Port of VictoriaVictoria, Texasbreak bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk 2,672,649
Southeast Missouri PortScott City, Mo.NA 1,237,041
Tulsa Port of CatoosaTulsa, Okla.break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, special project cargo 1,234,695
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Business, Top 50, Top 100

Gloom in Transports Sends Smoke Signal for US Stocks

Chart comparing transportation stocks to market on the whole

The latest warning sign for U.S. stocks is emerging from a corner of the market that investors closely watch to get a read on the state of the economy and the health of American consumers: Transportation shares.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
April 4, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50

DeJoy Says He’s Been Cleared in Federal Probe

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will be investigated by the House Oversight Committee.

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said March 31 that the Justice Department has closed without criminal charges an investigation into political fundraising activity at his former business.

March 31, 2022
Government, Business, Top 50

Secretary Walsh Optimistic About Port Workers’ Contract Talks

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh

CARLISLE, Pa. — Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is optimistic that upcoming labor negotiations for workers at West Coast ports will progress smoothly, noting the critical role that dockworkers and port drivers play in keeping supply chains moving.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 50

Ceva, Kodiak Launch Autonomous Deliveries to Oklahoma

Kodiak-Ceva truck

Ceva Logistics announced it teamed up with autonomous commercial vehicle technology company Kodiak Robotics Inc. to deliver freight autonomously between Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City, expanding on an existing relationship.

March 9, 2022
Business, Logistics, Breaking News, Top 50

XPO to Split LTL, Freight Brokerage Businesses

XPO Logistics truck

XPO Logistics is creating two new, stand-alone, publicly traded companies in the less-than-truckload and tech-enabled brokered transportation sector, the company announced March 8.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
March 9, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50

Port of Baltimore Announces Expansion


The Port of Baltimore on March 7 announced it is expanding container business at its Seagirt Marine Terminal as the Israeli-based ZIM Shipping Line will begin calls at the facility this summer.

March 8, 2022
Business, Logistics, Top 50

Brokers Expect Rising Contract Rates for 2022

C.H. Robinson truck

Freight brokerage firms are anticipating that contract rates will keep rising this year, with a slowdown not expected until year’s end.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
March 3, 2022
Business, Logistics, Top 50

GXO, Clipper Boards Agree to Terms on Acquisition

GXO warehouse

The GXO Logistics and Clipper Logistics boards of directors on Feb. 28 said they have agreed to terms on the contract logistics company’s previously announced potential acquisition of Clipper.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 28, 2022
Business, Logistics, Top 50

Americold Narrows Loss, Names George Chappelle New CEO

Americold truck

Refrigerated warehouse operator Americold Realty Trust narrowed its loss in the fourth quarter and posted a large gain in revenue. It also made interim CEO George Chappelle’s position permanent.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
February 25, 2022
Business, Logistics, Top 50, TCA

DHL Express Sues City Over Possible Lockout at San Antonio Airport

DHL Supply Chain

International shipping services provider DHL Express has operated at San Antonio International Airport for more than 30 years, but it’s facing a possible lockout over an alleged lease violation.

Patrick Danner | San Antonio Express-News
February 17, 2022


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