World Shipping Logistics – United States vs. the World

Worldwide logistics

The United States is the powerhouse of logistics. We’re still using some of the train systems implemented in the middle 1800’s to transport a third of the world’s freight. But how do our shipping statistics stack up against the rest of the world?

The following statistics compare the United States to front-running countries in each category.

Logistics Performance Index (Ranked from 1-155)

  1. Singapore
  2. China
  3. Finland
  4. Germany
  5. Netherlands
  6. Denmark
  7. Belgium
  8. Japan
  9. United States
  10. United Kingdom

Train Statistics

Passenger Train – passengers carried per year

  • Japan – 22,670 million passengers
  • India – 8,900 million passengers
  • Germany – 1,897 million passengers
  • China – 1,509 million passengers
  • United States – >100 million passengers

Freight Rail – tons transported

  • China – 3,919 million-ton
  • United States – 1,820 million-ton
  • Russia – 1,109 million – ton
  • India – 1010 million-ton

Marine Statistics – total gross tonnage shipped from companies

  • Japan – 131,955,001 tons
  • Greece – 118,089,051 tons
  • Germany – 85,371,604 tons
  • China – 67,156,101 tons
  • United States – 42,982,683 tons

Did you know 10,000 shipping containers fall into the ocean each year?

Road Freight Statistics

Air Transport, Freight

  • United States – 39104.4181 million ton-km
  • China – 15568.753 million ton-km
  • South Korea – 12290.6806 million ton-km
  • UAE – 11897.961 million ton-km
  • Singapore – 7507.13316 million ton-km
  • Germany – 7241.02305 million ton-km

Total Exports – US Dollars

  • China – $ 2,057,000,000,000
  • United States – $ 1,564,000,000,000
  • Germany – $ 1,460,000,000,000
  • Japan – $ 773,900,000,000
  • France – $ 567,100,000,000

Total Imports – US Dollars

  • United States – $ 2,299,000,000,000
  • China – $ 1,735,000,000,000
  • Germany – $ 1,222,000,000,000
  • Japan – $ 830,600,000,000
  • United Kingdom – $ 642,600,000,000

Sources:

International Union of Railways

World Trade Organization

The World Bank