DB Schenker

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DB Schenker
Predecessor Schenker AG, Railion[1]
Headquarters Frankfurt, Germany[2]
Area served
Rail: Europe
Products Transportation and logistics
Revenue €19.7 billion[3]
Number of employees
Parent Deutsche Bahn AG
Website www.dbschenker.com
See also: Schenker AG

DB Schenker is a division of Deutsche Bahn AG that focuses on logistics. The company, created by reorganisation and rebranding of Deutsche Bahn subsidiaries, comprises a logistics division encompassing air, land, and sea freight, and a rail division made up from European rail freight companies.


Class 90 electric freight locomotive of DB Schenker on the UK West Coast Main Line in 2016

Since December 2007 DB Schenker has been the freight logistics subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn. DB Schenker combines all transport and logistic activities of Deutsche Bahn (DB Schenker rail and DB Schenker logistics) employing over 94,600 staff spread across about 2,000 locations in about 140 countries and now is the biggest freight operator in the UK after buying out English Welsh & Scottish (EWS).[4]

From 1 January 2009 the logistics operations of DB-Schenker, Railion, EWS, and Transfesa were combined under the brand "DB Schenker".

On 2 March 2016, the UK operation was rebranded as DB Cargo UK.[5]


A DB Schenker UK Class 60 locomotive at Whiston, England

Schenker AG and its many subsidiaries handle worldwide logistics operations including Land Transport, Air and Ocean Freight as well as Contract Logistics/SCM, and is part of the DB Schenker organisation.

The European rail branch of the company is split into five units:[6]

  • Region West: France, Spain and the United Kingdom[7]
  • Region Germany/Central: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland[8]
  • Region East: Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Russia[9]
  • Intermodal (responsible for pan-European business)
  • Automotive (responsible for pan-European business)

DB Schenker has also agreed a joint venture with Etihad Rail, to operate trains in the UAE.[10]

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