History

50 Jahre TFG

Over 50 years of know-how and passion

Over 50 years of TFG

In 1969, the combined transport industry was started in the port of Hamburg, Germany. On April 14 of the very same year, TFG Transfracht's success story began to unfold. For over 50 years, TFG Transfracht has been a reliable partner for transport logistics in support of container transport.

Much has changed since then – the market has been shifting rapidly as volume has grown and, with it, quality. Today, with our AlbatrosExpress network, the densest rail network in the seaport hinterland transport industry, we can proudly call itself the market leader in combined freight transport to and from Germany's seaports.

With 1,000,352 TEU in the year of our 50th anniversary, we succeed together with our customers and partners in breaking the 1 million TEU mark, thus setting another milestone in TFG´s corporate history.

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The beginnings: 1969 to 1999

1969

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  • Transfracht Deutsche Transportgesellschaft mbH is founded as a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, coinciding with the inception of the combined freight transport industry. The company's mandate is to develop the German container transport market and provide services on it.     
  • Transporting German containers.

1971

  • Transport of overseas containers.
  • Opening of the Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart offices
  • Transport volume: over 100,000 TEU.

1977

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  • TFG increases the range of services by idle container services (handling, repair, storage, reporting system) in oopreation wir BUSS, a company based in Hamburg.
  • Expansion of service centers

1980

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  • Approval of DB large containers for international rail transport.
  • Deutsche Bahn and TFG are therefore pioneers of the domestic European container transport market.

1987

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  • Introduction of a computer-aided container disposition.
  • Transport volume: over.

1990

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  • Integration of combined transport in East Germany.
  • The Reichsbahn-Terminals are connected to the existing CT network.
  • Deutsche Reichsbahn becomes a shareholder.

1991

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  • TFG transports approximately 7.5 million tons.

1996

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  • Strategic focus on pure seaport hinterland traffic and international traffic.
  • 8,000 own receptacles for national and
    continental traffic in stock.

1998

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  • Birth of the AlbatrosExpress – the densest seaport-hinterland network in Europe today.

1999

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  • Admission of Austria to the TFG network,
    later AlbatrosExpress Austria.

2000 until today

2000

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  • The rail freight transport market is liberalized – the first competitors launch their businesses.

2002

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  • Inclusion of the Maschen marshalling yard as a hub, thus increasing the flexibility of traffic.

2003

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  • TFG enters into e-commerce: First container is booked online on "E-Services," TFG's booking platform.

2005

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  • TFG is the first operator to offer online tracking and tracing.
  • 50% HHLA.

2006

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  • Start of the country market Switzerland with the AlbatrosExpress Switzerland.
  • Company name under: TFG Transfracht Internationale Gesellschaft für kombinierten Güterverkehr mbH & Co KG.

2009

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  • 40th anniversary!
  • TFG opens a branch office in Austria.

2015

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  • Scope of service: 25 terminals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. 270 trains running per week, more than 13,000  connections, over 80 depots, over 15,000 connections.
  • Transported volume: 900,000 TEU.

2017

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  • Launch of box2rail.
  • Wilhelmshaven is the third port to be linked to the German seaports.
  • ISO certifications is received for the first time (DIN ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015).

2019

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  • Company name changed to TFG Transfracht GmbH.
    TFG celebrates its 50th anniversary .
  • Direct connection to the southern port of Koper and the western port of Rotterdam .
  • Connection of the Duisburg and Ludwigshafen terminals .
  • 1 million TEU mark (1,000,352) broken.

2020

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  • New connections: Terminal Graz, terminal Bremen Roland, terminal Wolfurt, Port of Antwerp, Port of Stuttgart.
  • Start of AlbatrosExpress West with daily connections from/to Rotterdam & Antwerp.
  • Birth of the sustainability initiative
    TFGreen.

2021

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  • Connection of bayernhafen Passau.
  • Development of the Italian Market with the terminals Verona & Milano.

2022

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  • Connection of Billwerder (Port of Hamburg) as the gateway to China with over 20 terminals in China
  • Connection of Osnabrück with 100% CO2-free transports from/to Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven.

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