Company History

Our Company History

A tradition of serving customers

In 1993, C.H. Robinson Europe was established as a subsidiary of C.H. Robinson. Since then, C.H. Robinson Europe has experienced strong, steady growth by opening offices across Europe and acquiring reputable European companies to serve our customers' needs across the continent and around the world.

We also share in the rich history and legacy of C.H. Robinson, which was founded in 1905 by Charles Henry Robinson. Starting out as a wholesale fruit and vegetable trading house in the U.S., the company has evolved into one of the largest logistics companies in the world. We are financially stable, focused on meeting the needs of our customers and carriers, and operating as an innovative leader in freight forwarding and supply chain logistics.

Here are some of C.H. Robinson Europe's key historical milestones:

1993
C.H. Robinson establishes an initial presence in Europe through partial ownership of Transeco, a motor carrier in France.

1997
Offices open in Warsaw, London and Leicester (currently Manchester).

1999
Acquisition of Norminter S.A., a non-asset based forwarder in Caen, France, with offices in France, Germany, Spain and the U.K.

2002
C.H. Robinson Europe opens an office in Budapest, Hungary.

2003
Expansion of our international freight forwarding network with the acquisition of Frank M. Viet GmbH Internationale Spedition, based in Hamburg, Germany, and the opening of an office in Antwerp, Belgium.

2005
Expansion into the Czech Republic with our Prague office; acquisition of two international air and ocean freight forwarding companies: German-based Hirdes Group Worldwide, established in 1871, and Milan-based Bussini Transport S.r.l, established in 1939.

2008
C.H. Robinson Europe expands further into Poland and opens an office in Wroclaw.

2009
Acquisition of Walker Logistics Overseas, LTD, a leading international freight forwarder in the U.K. with five offices located in the U.K., Ireland and the Netherlands; expansion of produce sourcing operations by opening C.H. Robinson Sourcing, SAS, in Avignon, France.

2012
Acquisition of Apreo Logistics S.A. (“Apreo”), a leading freight forwarder based in Warsaw, Poland with offices in strategic locations across Poland.

Acquisition of Phoenix International, Inc. (“Phoenix”), an international freight forwarder headquartered in Chicago, IL with offices around the world.

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