Leading ocean freight forwarders worldwide based on TEUs 2019

In 2019, Kuehne + Nagel was ranked the world's leading ocean freight forwarder, with over 4.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units of ocean freight.

Kuehne + Nagel – additional information

Today headquartered in Switzerland, Kuehne + Nagel was founded in 1890 in Bremen, Germany. At the present time, Kuehne + Nagel Group has offices in more than 100 countries and employs approximately 82,000 people. In the fiscal year 2019, the company generated roughly 25.3 billion Swiss francs from its worldwide operations, and about 2.7 billion Swiss francs from its operations in Asia Pacific. Between the fiscal year of 2013 and 2019, the operational expenses of Kuehne + Nagel increased somewhat continuously, reaching 6.25 billion Swiss francs.

The ocean freight market

Between 1990 and 2018, the seaborne trade transport volume roughly tripled, reaching 11 billion metric tons in 2018. In 2017, 1.83 billion metric tons of international seaborne trade were transported by container ships. As of January 2019, Japan possessed the second largest merchant fleet by operator domicile globally, with 225.1 million tons deadweight.

The world's leading ocean freight forwarders in 2019, based on ocean freight TEUs

Exclusive Premium statistic

You need a Single Account for unlimited access.

  • Full access to 1m statistics

  • Incl. source references

  • Available to download in PNG, PDF, XLS format

Single Account

$39 $59 per month *
in the first 12 months
33% discount until March 31st
*Duration: 12 months, billed annually, single license

Access to this and all other statistics on 80,000 topics from

$468 / Year
$708 / Year

Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in

Release date

March 2020



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

The abbreviation TEU stands for twenty-foot equivalent unit.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account.

Single Account
The ideal entry-level account for individual users
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references
$59 $39 / Month *
in the first 12 months
Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Logistics industry worldwide"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.