As Germany’s largest seaport by far, Hamburg is an important logistics location per se. It is therefore not surprising that major logistics companies have their headquarters in the Free and Hanseatic City. These are the TOP 3: This article is based on the unique List of the 200 largest German logistics companies.
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Place 1: Hermes Europe GmbH, Hamburg: 3.5 billion euros turnover (2019/20)
Hermes Europe GmbH acts as the umbrella and bracket for a Hamburg-based group of companies with over 15,000 employees. It forms a sub-group within the Otto Group, Germany’s largest mail order company. Hermes is not a pure logistics company, but logistics is a focal point. Its range of services includes transport and two-man handling, sourcing, quality assurance, fulfilment and parcel service (B2C and C2C). In addition to Germany, logistics services are provided through its own subsidiaries in Austria, Great Britain, France and Italy.
Place 2: Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, Hamburg: 1.4 billion euros turnover (2019)
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG – HHLA for short – is the operating company for the Port of Hamburg. Its origins go back to 1865, the official date of foundation being 7 March 1885. Port handling, container and transport logistics form HHLA’s core business. Among other things, HHLA operates three of four container terminals in the Port of Hamburg. The focus of business activity is naturally on the Hamburg metropolitan region, but HHLA is also active internationally. The company has some 6,300 employees.
Place 3: VTG Aktiengesellschaft, Hamburg: EUR 1.2 billion turnover (2019)
VTG started in 1951 as the state-owned Vereinigte Tanklager und Transportmittel GmbH. Privatization took place as early as 1961 and today VTG is Germany’s leading private rail logistics and wagon hire company. With 94,000 wagons, the company has the largest private freight car fleet in Europe. VTG transports bulk and general cargo in single wagons and block trains, and also specializes in the rail transport of liquefied gases, petroleum and chemical products. VTG has a fleet of approx. 10,000 tank containers for road and rail transport.