Top Container Carriers of 2010

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Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) rises above Maersk Line and serves as number 1 in export volumes in the U.S. On the other hand, the standing for the number 1 spot in the U.S. for import volumes still belongs to Maersk Line.

Other top container carriers such as APL, Hanjin, and Hapag-Lloyd continue to grow in their market shares that have lead them to higher rankings in 2010. Hainan PO Shipping, a fairly new carrier that operates mainly between China and Southern California, has joined the ranking of U.S. top container carriers as number 40.

Shipping Growth in 2010:

  • U.S. import and export volume carried by the top ocean carriers have increased a total of 12.2%
  • Total exports increased by 8%
  • Total imports increased by 15.3%
  • MSC’s export market share increased to 11.8%
  • Maersk Line import volumes increased by 6.5%
  • Top carriers moved 98.2% of U.S.’s 8.6 million TEUs of containerized exports
  • Top carriers moved 99% of 12.4 million TEUs of containerized imports

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Compared to the ranking for the world’s top container carriers, Maersk Line still stands at number 1 with market share of 14.5% and total TEU capacity of over 2 million.

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Below is a visual representation of the top ten container carriers of the world by TEU capacity. Again, in comparison to the other companies, Maersk Line remains in the lead with the largest TEU capacity.

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