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.
The companies listed below are the 20 largest international shipping companies in the world.
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
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.