DB Cargo

DB Cargo (until 2016 as DB Schenker Rail, previously known as Railion Logistics until 2009) is the management company for the Rail Freight Business Unit of Deutsche Bahn, in which DB bundles all national and European logistics activities by rail.

DB Cargo AG
Key people
Sigrid Nikutta, CEO
ProductsRail Transport
Revenue 4.2 billion
Number of employees
28,257 (2017)
SubsidiariesA total of 19 subsidiaries worldwide, including freight and contract logistics

The company is based in Mainz. In the UK, DB Cargo is active as DB Cargo UK.


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The present company is the result of the merger of DB Cargo AG with NS Cargo NV. Later, the Danish cargo company DSB Gods (literally DSB Cargo) merged into the company. It further acquired the Italian cargo carrier Strade Ferrate del Mediterraneo (SFM) in 2004 and further acquired the Swiss cargo carrier Brunner Rail Services GmbH. In addition it purchased a 20 percent stake in Swiss BLS Cargo AG in 2007. In 2008 it increased its stake in BLS Cargo AG to 40 percent.

In 2008 the Railion brand was replaced with the rebranding of the whole DB logistics organisation into a common recognisable brand; named DB Schenker.[1]

In 2011, DB Schenker Rail signed an agreement with Lietuvos Geležinkeliai to increase cross-border services with the Baltic states.[2]


The holding company is based in Mainz. 92% of the shares are held by DB AG (through its Logistics subsidiary DB Schenker), 6% by NV Nederlandse Spoorwegen and 2% by DSB.

It uses different names for in each country where it operates, namely:

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  1. ^ The new brand architecture of the DB Group (Deutsche Bahn AG)[permanent dead link] www.schenker.gr
  2. ^ "Railway Gazette: DB Schenker Rail to serve Baltic States". 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  3. ^ DB Cargo Eurasia
  4. ^ DB and NS sign freight merger, Railway Gazette, 01 August 1999
  5. ^ "DB Schenker Rail Romania (Romania DBSR)". www.rail.dbschenker.de (in German). Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Logistic Services Danubius renamed DB Schenker Rail Romania". transportjournal.com. 18 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26.

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