Top 20 Biggest Shipping Companies in the World

Shipping is an extremely vital industry that most people are not aware of. Have you ever wondered how exotic fruits from Asia can end up still fresh and juicy in Europe or North America? The shipping industry plays a huge part in all these by helping us achieve the goals of globalizations and making this world look like just one small town.

From Danish major Møller-Maersk to Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, profiles the world’s top 10 biggest shipping companies based on TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) or weight carrying capacity of their containerships.
The companies listed below are the 20 largest international shipping companies in the world.
The number of top 20 international shipping companies by country

Note about data: The data provided above comes from each company’s website at was accurate at the time of publishing (March 2016). Since many of the companies are privately owned we could not get complete data for all of them.

20. X-Press Feeders Group

TEU: 142,349
HQ: Singapore
Founded: 1972
Employees: 260

X-Press Feeders claims to be the largest independent common carrier in the world. They operate throughout Asia, the Middle East, Caribbean, Central America, Mediterranean and North Europe.

In 2015 their annual throughput was estimated to be 4.8 million TEUs. What sets them apart is that they do not own, lease or operate any containers and provides transportation services only to container operators.