About The Industry


Trade Statistics

Statistics regarding the volume of cargo transported are compiled by individual governments, the United Nations and a number of private enterprises. Statistics relevant for the analysis of international trade can be obtained from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Global Summary of Liner Trade

On the export side, liner trade is mostly dominated by countries in East Asia. Liner exports are also highly concentrated, with the top ten exporting nations accounting for nearly two-thirds of the total liner export value, and Greater China (including mainland China, Hong Kong S.A.R. and Taiwan, China) account for 28 percent of the value of liner exports and 30 percent of the global volume of containerized exports.

 

European Union Summary of Liner Trade

On both the export and import side, European Union's liner trade is dominated by Germany, which accounts for over 20 percent of EU liner exports and 17 percent of EU liner imports. The top four exporters and importers of the European Union (which include Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain) also rank within the top 20 globally.

 

Top 20 Exporters of Containerized Cargo- 2010, 2013 & 2014

Rank EXPORTER 2014 TEUs (Millions) 2013 TEUS (Millions) 2010 TEUs (Millions)
1 China 36.0 34.2 31.3
2 United States 11.9 11.5 11.2
3 South Korea 5.93 5.79 5.20
4 Japan 5.28 5.20 5.74
5 Indonesia 4.00 3.59 3.00
6 Thailand 3.92 3.78 3.40
7 Germany 3.32 3.24 3.00
8 Taiwan, China 3.25 3.24 3.41
9 India 3.07 2.95 1.90
10 Vietnam 2.94 2.63 1.61
11 Brazil 2.88 2.74 2.30
12 Malaysia 2.60 2.50 2.50
13 Saudi Arabia 2.24 2.20 1.60
14 Italy 1.83 1.77 1.60
15 Turkey 1.82 1.66 1.60
16 Spain 1.72 1.61 --
17 Canada 1.70 1.65 1.60
18 Singapore 1.57 1.48 1.60
19 Netherlands 1.54 1.35 1.60
20 Australia 1.45 1.43 --
  World Total 127.60 122.35  

Note: TEUs are fully loaded.
Source: IHS Global Insight, World Trade Service


Top 20 Importers of Containerized Cargo- 2010, 2013 & 2014

Rank IMPORTER 2014 TEUS (millions) 2013 TEUs (Millions) 2010 TEUS (Millions)
1 United States 19.6 18.4 17.6
2 China 14.7 14.4 12.0
3 Japan 6.55 6.34 6.10
4 South Korea 5.09 4.80 4.50
5 Indonesia 3.17 3.13 2.50
6 Germany 3.00 2.78 2.80
7 United Kingdom 2.64 2.42 2.50
8 Taiwan, China 2.53 2.42 2.50
9 Australia 2.52 2.45 1.80

10

Vietnam 2.47 2.19 2.00
11 India 2.39 2.21 2.00
12 Thailand 2.35 2.32 2.00
13 Malaysia 2.33 2.08 2.10
14 Brazil 2.32 2.32 1.90
15 United Arab Emirates 2.30 2.06 2.10
16 Netherlands 2.22 1.84 1.70
17 Hong Kong 2.14 2.05 2.40
18 Saudi Arabia 2.02 1.95 --
19 Russia 1.88 1.95 --
20 Singapore 1.86 1.79 --
  World Total 127.60 122.35  

Note: TEUs are fully loaded.
Source: IHS Global Insight, World Trade Service


Top 20 European Union Containerized Exports

Rank EXPORTER 2014 TEUs 2013 TEUs 2010 TEUs
1 Germany 3,320,075 3,240,803 3,036,978
2 Italy 1,838,097 1,775,187  1,635,234
3 Spain 1,723,840 1,619,572 1,201,957
4 Netherlands 1,547,887 1,354,256  1,585,773
5 France 1,367,862 1,329,390 1,328,393
6 United Kingdom 1,332,009 1,365,905  1,469,172
7 Belgium and Luxembourg 1,124,045 1,134,758 1,104,244
8 Sweden 599,270 607,328  597,604
9 Finland 522,603 536,386  584,255
10 Austria 417,188 398,507  452,709
11 Portugal 395,256 370,863  288,368
12 Poland 318,078 304,932 225,379
13 Denmark 230,749 238,065  267,874
14 Romania 191,868 171,239 151,761
15 Greece 175,748 156,376  195,839
16 Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) 174,445 149,606 105,315
17 Czech Republic 170,037 166,163 162,134

18

Ireland 152,346 143,884  184,360
19 Hungary 114,467 97,078  85,934
20 Bulgaria 87,237 80,957  63,195
  EU Total 16,028,122 15,474,285  14,846,543

Note: TEUs are fully loaded.
Source: IHS Global Insight, World Trade Service


Top 20 European Union Containerized Imports

Rank IMPORTER 2014 TEUs 2013 TEUs

2010 TEUs

1

Germany

3,004,908 2,783,001 2,841,570
2 United Kingdom 2,642,603 2,427,615 2,513,450
3 Netherlands 2,222,701 1,847,091 1,656,708
4 France 1,654,855 1,581,979 1,547,080
5 Belgium and Luxembourg 1,633,457 1,567,716 1,464,825
6 Italy 1,568,668 1,472,667 1,766,774
7 Spain 1,414,784 1,256,980 1,433,358
8 Poland 607,780 556,576 555,338
9 Sweden 369,637 346,997 371,186
10 Austria 242,829 228,948 237,873
11 Denmark 226,40 213,071 254,702
12 Czech Republic 215,230 213 310,237
13 Greece 207,234 155,329 238,948
14 Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania 200,607 211,054

222,293

15 Portugal 200,138 224,958 207,965
16 Finland 194,722 196,389 236,095
17 Ireland 184,981 158,279 203,872
18 Romania 157,718 149,770 163,165
19 Slovak Republic 132,374 124,951 161,881
20 Hungary   99,446   97,522 161,881
  EU Total 17,517,792 16,175,412  16,779,910

Note: TEUs are fully loaded; Intra-European trade is not included; Belgium includes Luxemburg; EU does not include Cyprus and Malta.
Source: IHS Global Insight, World Trade Service