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Supply Chain News: What are the Largest Freight Companies in the World?


FedEx and UPS again Stand Atop the List, which US Dominates

Nov. 18, 2020

Transport Topics, the magazine of the American Trucking Associations, is out with its 2020 list of the world's 50 largest freight transportation companies, based on asset-based freight revenue in 2019.

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Fourteen of the companies on this year's list our headquartered n the US, well ahead of number 2 Japan with six companies.

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The ranking takes into account all freight modes for each carrier, including truck, rail, ocean and air freight. The list is compiled by Transport Topics in collaboration with SJ Consulting Group.

Likely the virus pandemic will shake the list up a bit in 2021, based on 2020 revenue. It will be interesting to see which transport companies navigated disrupted freight markets most successfully.

As seen in the chart below of the top 10 ranked carriers, US-based parcel giants FedEx and UPS sit atop the rankings, with repeat number 1 FedEx reporting revenues of $64.6 billion, less than $1 billion more than UPS' $63.9 billion.

The rest of the top 10:

3. China Railway ($44.4 billion)

4. Maersk Group ($34.8 billion)

5. CMA CGM ($30.2 billion)

6. Russia Railways ($26.2 billion)

7. Deutsche Post DHL ($24.2 billion)

8. Mediterranean Shipping Co. ($24.0 billion)

9. BNSF Railway ($22.3 billion)

10. COSTCO Shipping ($21.7)


World's 10 Largest Global Freight Carriers



Source: Transport Topics

Transport Topics notes that a bit further down the list, eight North American transport companies were in the top 50.

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Those carriers were: LTL carrier XPO Logistics (#24); JB Hunt Transport Services (#25); LTL carrier YRC Worldwide (#29), truckload carrier Knight-Swift Transportation (#32), LTL carrier Old Dominion Freight (#33); truckload carrier Schneider (#36); Canada-based TFI International (#37); and LTL carrier Estes Express (#45).

Transport Topics notes that ocean and rail carriers, each with 14 ranked firms, accounted for more than half of the companies in this year's Top 50 list. Ten of the companies listed are primarily parcel carriers, eight are trucking companies, and four are airfreight carriers.

Fourteen of the companies on this year's list our headquartered n the US, well ahead of number 2 Japan with six companies.

The full top 50 list is available from Transport Topic here: Top 50 Global Freight Carriers 2020


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