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DB Schenker's history

135 years ago, Gottfried Schenker and two partners founded a small company with the –at that time– revolutionary idea of grouping small shipments to provide quicker and cheaper transport. Today, DB Schenker is a large global platform with more than 20,000 employees that still follows the same basic principles: an extensive network that combines different types of transport and the latest technology to provide a more efficient and reliable integral logistics service.Since Gottfried Schenker founded the company in Vienna 135 years ago, DB Schenker has offered carriage services as a single provider.

Gottfried Schenker founds Schenker & Co. in Vienna, Austria.

First consolidated rail shipment from Paris (France) to Vienna (Austria).

Schenker opens offices in Budapest (Hungary), Bucharest (Romania) and Prague (Czech Republic).

Acquisition of an equity holding in the river transport company Adria-Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft.

Schenker founds the company Austro-Americana Shipping.

Gottfried Schenker dies in Vienna and he is succeeded by his adopted son, August Schenker-Angerer.

After the First World War, Schenker focuses its business on express delivery services, regional goods carriage, removals and services for trade fairs.


First air freight to Germany. 1924. The German export industry attends a demonstration tour organised by Schenker. 1928. After purchasing BEHALA, Schenker moves its corporate headquarters to Berlin.

The German railway company buys Schenker. The first containerised ocean freight shipments are made.

The company starts to rebuild after expropriation and the loss of a large number of branches after the Second World War.

Schenker opens a subsidiary in the USA. Large-scale expansion abroad and in air freight.

A subsidiary is formed in Hong Kong to supervise the Asian market.

Schenker is appointed official transport provider for the Munich Olympic Games. The registered brand names JETcargo, SEAcargo and Eurocargo are created for air, sea, rail and land transport.

The company implements the SWORD (Schenker's Online Real-Time Data Network) and EDIFACT standards.

Stinnes AG buys most of Schenker's shares from Deutsche Bundesbahn, the German railway company, and splits the business into Schenker International (air and ocean freight) and Schenker Eurocargo (European land transport). 1996. Stinnes' air, ocean and land transport, logistics and harbour services are brought together under the Schenker-Rhenus AG umbrella.

Schenker's 125th anniversary. The company positions itself by grouping its businesses in three main areas: Schenker Logistics, Schenker International and Schenker Eurocargo. With the acquisition of an interest in the Swedish Goteborg-based company BTL-AB, Schenker becomes Europe's leading transport and logistics provider.

Schenker and BTL's transport operations in Europe are coordinated under the name Schenker-BTL.

Purchase of the rest of BTL-AB's equity. Schenker Australia is appointed Official Transport Provider for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Strategic alliance between Schenker and Seino.

Integrated Logistics Centre opened in Rotterdam. Schenker, Inc. chosen for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Schenker and Deutsche Bahn form the joint venture Railogservices for rail logistics services.

Schenker-BTL AG and Schenker International Deutschland GmbH merge to form Schenker Deutschland AG.

Schenker celebrates its 130th anniversary. Schenker and Seino merge their logistics and international transport activities in Japan to form Schenker-Seino Ltd. The Narita Integrated Logistics Centre is opened in Tokyo. Schenker acquires a controlling interest in Stinnes.

Schenker is appointed Official Transport and Customs Services Provider by the IOC for the Athens 2004, Turin 2006 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Integration of Schenker and Joyau in France.

With the integration of Schenker and Spedpol, Schenker becomes one of the leaders of the integrated logistics industry in Poland. The new Chinese subsidiary obtains the "A-Class" license to operate in the emerging Asian market.

Schenker's logistics centre for consumer goods in Willebroek (Belgium) starts operating. The network in Russia is strengthened, as also the market position in Norway with Linjegdos.

DB Logistics implements a new structure. Acquisition of BAX Global.

DB Logistics implements a new structure. Acquisition of Spain-Tir.

Merger of Europa GmbH, J.R. Weichelt GmbH, Mair Spedition & Logistik GMBH, F.W. Neukirch Speditions GmbH, Railog GmbH and Roll GmbH.

The merger between SCHENKER ESPAÑA, S.A.U. and SPAIN-TIR TRANSPORTES INTERNACIONALES, S.A.U. leads to the new corporate name in Spain: SCHENKER LOGISTICS, S.A.U.

DB SCHENKER becomes the only and ultimate brand for the company’s activities in Spain and all over the World: a warranty of success for our customers.