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more than 135 years of history

The History of DB Schenker

For over 135 years the Schenker brand has been synonymous with trust, quality and innovation in logistics

2013New Midlands Logistics Facility opens in  Tamworth
2012New Head Office Building London Heathrow (LHR)
2011Schenker Limited winner of BIFA People Development Award
2010The most modern European terminal of DB Schenker opened in Salzburg. DB Schenker co-founded a European alliance for wagonload traffic Xrail.                                            
2009Acquisition of the largest Romanian forwarder S.C. Romtrans S.A. Integration of RAILOG, s. r. o., the rail logistics specialist. DB Schenker is the exclusive logistics partner of Classic Ski Sports World Championship Liberec 2009.


The exclusive logistics partner of Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. Schenker Limited Winner of BIFA Freight Services Award for Airfreight.
2007April 1st - Legal merger between BAX Global and Schenker Ltd UK.  Winner of the IFW Award "Customer Care" Category.
2006Acquisition of BAX Global. DB Schenker became an official logistics services provider of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. The event was an enormous success also thanks to DB Schenker.
2005Strategic alliance with BAX Global. DB Schenker strengthens its position in land and freight transportation at key markets in the USA and Asia.
2004Successful logistic solution of Olympic Games in Athens.
2003Deutsche Bahn takes over Stinnes. Official supplier to the International Olympic Committee for freight forwarding and customs clearance for the Olympic Games in Athens (ATHOC) in 2004, the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin (TOROC) and the Summer Games in Peking in 2008 (BOCOG).
2002Schenker acquired by Deutsche Bahn. Successful logistic solution of winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City. 130 years anniversary of Schenker.  Schenker Limited appointed official Logistics Provider for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
2001Merger of Schenker-BTL (Deutschland) AG and Schenker International Deutschland GmbH to form Schenker Deutschland AG.
2000Opening of the Integrated Logistics Centre Rotterdam. Schenker, Inc. named for the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Schenker and Deutsche Bahn establish Railog joint venture for rail related logistics services.
1999Takeover of BTL AB. Schenker Australia appointed Official Freight Forwarder of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Strategic alliance between Schenker and Seino.
1998Co-ordination of land transport operations in Europe at Schenker and BTL under the Schenker-BTL name.
1997Schenker looks back on 125 years of history. Schenker AG repositions itself by divesting the bulk cargo business and forming three new business areas: Schenker Logistics, Schenker International and Schenker Eurocargo. The shareholding in the Swedish company BTL-AB, Gothenburg, gives birth to Europe's leading transportation and logistics provider.
1996Stinnes air and sea freight, land transport, handling/logistics and seaport activities are grouped under the umbrella of Schenker-Rhenus AG.
1991Stinnes AG acquires a majority stake in Schenker from the German railroad company Deutsche Bundesbahn and divides the business into Schenker International (air and sea freight) and Schenker Eurocargo (European land transport).
1989Company decides to introduce SWORD (Schenker Worldwide Online Realtime Data Network) and EDIFACT standards.
1988Schenker acquired by Stinnes
1972Schenker becomes the official freight forwarder for Munich Olympics. Coinage of JETcargo, SEAcargo and Eurocargo as trade marks for bulk transportation by air, sea, rail and road.
1966Dedicated Company founded in Hong Kong to oversee Asian market.
1947Subsidiary established in the U.S. Internationalisation and air freight are pursued on a large scale.
1945Rebuilding process begins following disappropriation and the loss of numerous bases in WW II.
1931Schenker is acquired by the German Railways. First sea freight container shipments.
1928Following the acquisition of BEHALA, Schenker headquarters are transferred to Berlin.
1924The German export industry goes on an international exhibition tour organised by Schenker.
1922First air freight shipments in Germany.
1918After WW I, Schenker focuses on express delivery services, regional freight forwarding, removals and trade-fair services.
1901Gottfried Schenker passes away in Vienna and is succeeded by his adoptive son Dr. August Schenker-Angerer.
1895Founded Austro-Americana Shipping Company.
1880Acquired a stake in the steam navigation company Adria Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft. Schenker Limited established in London with representative offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Hull
1874Branch offices established in Budapest, Hungary, Bucharest, Romania, Prague, Czech Republic and London, England.
1873First consolidated rail consignment from Paris, France to Vienna, Austria.
1872Gottfried Schenker founds Schenker & Co. in Vienna, Austria. The rich history of DB Schenker begins...

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