About DB Schenker


Global logistics expertise

DB Schenker stands for the transportation and logistics activities of Deutsche Bahn. The Logistics sector of DB is the world’s second largest transportation and logistics services provider based on revenues and performance.

In the financial year 2014, DB Schenker generated revenues of around 19.8 billion euros, approximately 50 percent of the DB Group’s revenues. Through its Transportation and Logistics Division, DB holds top positions in global air and ocean freight and has Europe’s densest land transport network.

With around 2,000 locations in all of the world’s most important economic regions, DB Schenker has a global network geared toward customer service, quality and sustainability. This success is owed primarily to DB Schenker’s 95,700 employees, all of whom place customer satisfaction and quality at the centre of their work.

We have a presence in some 140 countries around the world and work in a network but operate locally.

Leading logistics in South Africa


DB Schenker’s rich heritage, decades of experience and reputation for delivering superior service to its clients’ has positioned it as one of the top three global logistics companies today.

DB Schenker was established in South Africa in 1962.  As part of the global DB Schenker group we have enjoyed phenomenal growth, particularly over the last decade. We now rank among the leading transport and logistics suppliers in the country, with operations at each major South African port and nearly 900 employees at our branches nationwide.

We are a subsidiary of Schenker AG and Deutsche Bahn and a level 3 BBBEE accredited company.

Our international network spans 140 countries with 95 700 employees. Internationally we hold following market positions:

  • No. 1 in European Land Transportation
  • No. 3 in worldwide Airfreight
  • No. 3 in worldwide Oceanfreight
  • No. 5 in Contract Logistics

Based on external revenues, this ranks us as the No.2 logistics company in the world. In Africa we work with DB Schenker owned offices as well as carefully selected partners whose geographic locations and local know-how give us the specialist capabilities to offer DB Schenker’s superior standards of transport and logistics services in sub-Saharan Africa.

We utilise the latest information technologies and develop customised data exchange solutions to align with the business strategies of our customers.

The company’s key services include

  • Air freight and Ocean freight forwarding
  • Customs clearance
  • Contract logistics and warehousing
  • National distribution (including same day, overnight express, economy)
  • Event logistics
  • Projects handling and heavy lift
  • Heavy lifting and special transport
  • Supply chain consulting
  • Value-adding activities

Although highly diversified, our logistics activities within South Africa are focused on the following key industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aeroparts
  • Beverages
  • Consumer
  • Hi-tech / Electronics
  • Healthcare / Pharmaceutical
  • Industrial
  • Mining – minerals & commodities
  • Projects & Project Cargo
  • Fashion Retail
  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewable Energy

Business Excellence:

Our triple ISO certification stands testimony to our commitment to delivering consistent, efficient and effective superior quality service that is in line with international standards, systems and processes.

Our ISO certification includes:

  • Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2004)
  • Occupational Health &  Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001:2007)
  • Quality Management Systems Requirements (ISO 9001:2008)

DB Schenker Logistics is also TAPA “A” warehouse certified.

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