The Port of Karachi, (Bandar Gah Karachi) is one of South Asia's largest and busiest deep- water seaports handling about 60% of the nations' cargo. The international freight forwarding business emerged in Pakistan in 1980's. As seaborne trade continues to expand the industry grows and strengthens especially with the help of the international shipping companies being actively involved in Pakistan. The biggest international shipping companies are based on data from Alpha-liner, which keeps records of the capacity of world container ship fleets based on twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). This means, how many 20ft shipping containers a company can carry at any given time.
The companies that have been ranked as the top 5 are as follows:
A. P Moller-Maersk GroupMediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)CMA CGM GroupChina Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO)Evergreen Marine A. P Moller-Maersk Group: Mainly known as Maersk is a Danish business conglomerate. This group has activities in a variety of business sectors, primarily within the transportation and energy sectors. It has been the largest container ship operator and supply vessel operator in the world since 1966. A. P Moller- Maersk Group is based in Copenhagen, Denmark with subsidiaries and offices in more than 135 countries worldwide and around 89000 employees. It was ranked 148thon the Forbes Global 2000 list for 2015. The Group has 272 Maersk owned vessels with a combined capacity of 1.7 million TEU and 308 chartered vessels with the combined capacity of 1.1 million TEU as of September 2014. The container shipping and related activities are the largest business area of the Maersk Group providing almost half of the groups' revenue. The shipping line has temperature sensitive cargos, bulk commodities and odd sized shipments, container loads od hazardous materials are shipped. It comprises worldwide container services, logistics, and forwarding solutions and terminal activities under the brand names Maersk Line, Safmarine, and Damco. As of 2010 Maersk had an order booked for new ships totaling 857000 TEU (including options on the Triple E-Class). Main office is in Karachi, while others are in Lahore and Faisalabad. Shipping services include reefer cargo, verified gross mass, dry cargo, special cargo, routenet, used container sales, inland transport, customer charter, customer advisories, E-business , real time updates, smart pay, card payments, instant freight release, and a Maersk App to make things simpler.