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The pair of Nikes you order online and they reach your doorstep, the merch of a British store. It’s a matter of mere days between you ordering them and the delivery. It's quick, it’s simple but the process behind it? Not so much. There are long shipping routes, vast container ships, and busy traffic ports involved. In fact, over 11 billion tons of cargo are shipped annually, just in businesses’ international shipping service. If you are a business trying to widen your services internationally or just want to know about some popular shipping services for online shopping stores, here are the top 11:

  • FedEx

FedEx, short for Federal Express, is one of the more popular names familiar to most of us. And if you want anything shipped between the United States and any other country, this international shipping service should be your go-to. A part of one of the largest shipping brands, FedEx offers excellent services which include delivering perishable goods at a climate-controlled temperature, affordable and quick shipping which can be overnight or a mere two days, deliveries on Saturday, and many more.

  • Maersk

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This Danish multi-national company is easily the largest handler of container ships and supply vessels. Fully known under the AP Moller – Maersk group, it has multiple subsidiaries serving over 130 countries transferring and handling cargo worth over $600 billion. The Maersk Triple E class container ships were even known for being the largest in the world, however, the CSCL ships took over the title in 2013. Established far back in 1904 in Copenhagen, Denmark, it today employs over 76000 employees.


One of the top handlers of international shipping, in terms of its TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) which amounts to up to 3.1 million. This service is owned by the state of China and consists of over 507 container vessels, serving in 105 countries with almost 400 international and domestic shipping lines. This shipping giant has its stake in 59 terminals all around the world. The China Ocean Shipping runs its operation through hundreds of corporate and international offices all around the world, making it quite controlled and efficient.

  • DHL

DHL International, first founded in 1969, today stands to be one of the leading international shipping services employing over 200,000 staff. With their headquarters in Germany and being a part of the German Logistics enterprise Deutsche Post, DHL serves over 220 locations all around the world.

A fine shipping service provider that would be a great choice to get your favorite products from top international brands like CeraVe, The Ordinary, Revlon, Similac, Decathlon, Victoria's Secret, Patchi, ZOA, Enfamil, etc. They are also a popular name for another factor, which is their active initiatives to build a more green brand using friendlier fuels such as natural gas. Apart from their portly affairs, their air shipping service is equally commendable and they annually transfer over a billion packages.

  • DB Schenker

This shipping giant based in Germany caters to 2000 locations worldwide offering land, ocean, and air shipping facilities. DB Schenker is one of the largest shipping services within Europe as well as the globe, and if your target industry is Europe-based this is your best option. It offers the cheapest international economy air shipping with controlled transferring of perishable beverages and products. This logistics corporation was founded in 2007 in Essen Germany after acquiring it from Deutsche Bahn in 2021.

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  • UPS

United Parcel Service, another American Conglomerate in the mix, is a well-known domestic name in America. Although not well established with handling perishable goods for the lack of temperature-sensitive facilities, UPS is one of the most efficient international shipping services and the popular resort when it comes to transferring animals or hazardous items. This corporation offers fast delivery within up to 5 days, including overnight or next-day delivery options with additional charges for the land and air freight.

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  • CMA CGM Group

The CMA CGM group is a French corporation annually handling 507 container vessels with a record-high 2.7 million TEU. Jacques Saade, named after the owner of the enterprise, is a container ship that is the largest container ship in the world that is powered by LNG. This corporation offers its shipping services covering over 80% of the domestic and international ports with over 11000 people employed in about 160 countries. In September 2020, the owner’s name became an addition to the already established name and is now known as CMA CGM Jacques Saade Group.

  • DTDC

One of the best options when it comes to the Indian subcontinent is DTDC. Operating from the Mumbai port it provides excellent international shipping service to over 240 ports. This shipping corporation, known as a desk to desk courier and cargo has its headquarters in Bangalore and caters to reliable and superfast mail and courier service to all of India. It is well-reputed around the globe and handles over 12 million shipments every month.

  • Evergreen Marine Corporation

The Evergreen marine corporation is a multinational giant in international services and one of the most popular names around the world. Set up in Taiwan in 1968, the enterprise runs some first-rate shipping routes around the world. It caters to over 240 ports serving over 80 countries. The corporation has several subsidiaries and their services are not just limited to international shipping as they also indulge in construction, port maintenance, real estate, and further.

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  • Royal Mail

This is the earliest founded corporation established in the 1500s and is run by the UK Government. This enterprise provides excellent shipping services in the UK and also internationally and is one of the most safest and reliable shipping services. It offers daily deliveries leaving out important holidays and Sundays. They also have an impressive standing on their swift delivery record of delivering within 2-3 business days.

  • Ocean Network Express

This is the world’s sixth-largest container handler operating 224 vessels of a total of 1..5 million TEU. With its headquarters in Singapore, it was set up recently in 2017 in Japan and soon became one of the popular choices of international shipping services. ONE impeccably performs 140 service loops weekly serving to more than 220 international ports worldwide. Although they are yet to strengthen their connection around North America and South America, their operation over the Asian, African and European countries is quite robust.

These are some popular choices in international shipping services that have made it easier for businesses, industries, consumers, and you. The world is a small place, and you can order a packet of authentic Japanese noodles or an authentic tribal made piece of furniture from Ethiopia right from the comforts of your couch, made possible due to these robust establishments running day and night carrying thousands and thousands of tons of cargo altogether every day.

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