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More than 110 years of serving customers

Providing high quality, reliable service to international customers is a priority for C.H. Robinson. Beginning in 1905, Charles Henry Robinson founded C.H. Robinson as a wholesale fruit and vegetable trading house. The company quickly became an expert in the refrigerated transportation business and gained a reputation as a hardworking, flexible, and service-oriented company—a tradition we are proud to have continued for over a century.

Today, the company's portfolio has expanded to include all available modes of transport reaching across the globe, plus additional supply chain and consulting services. As one of the most respected and one of the largest third party logistics providers (3PL) in the world, C.H. Robinson strives to meet the needs of growing, global companies. Over time, C.H. Robinson continues to expand services and add expertise to build a powerful logistics network, so you can exceed your customers' expectations and gain an advantage over your toughest competitors.

Key milestones

1905
Charles Robinson partners with Fred Parks Nash and Willis King Nash and incorporates C.H. Robinson company, a produce brokerage firm, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.

1919
C.H. Robinson Company and the Nash Brothers move their headquarters to Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

1923
Mutual Brokers is founded, giving C.H. Robinson and Nash Finch a presence in Canada.

1987
The C.H. Robinson network grows to 50 offices.

1988
C.H. Robinson enters the intermodal business.

1989
C.H. Robinson International, Inc. is formed, expanding C.H. Robinson's services as a freight forwarder, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC), and customs broker.

1997
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (CHRW) becomes a publicly traded company.

1998
Acquisition of Comexter Group—an Argentine transport company based in Buenos Aires—accelerates expansion in the Mercosur free trade area. In the same year, C.H. Robinson acquired Preferred Translocation Systems, a non-asset based third party LTL company in the United States.

2003
A newly opened office in Hong Kong and acquisition of Frank M. Viet GmbH Internationale Spedition—an international freight forwarding and third party logistics company based in Hamburg, Germany—helps C.H. Robinson expand our international freight forwarding network.

2004
C.H. Robinson acquires China-based Dalian Decheng Shipping Agency Co., establishing seven new offices in mainland China.

2006
C.H. Robinson acquires Triune Freight Private Ltd. and Triune Logistics Private Ltd., a third party logistics provider based in India.

2007
Singapore office opens.

2008
C.H. Robinson acquires Transera International, a project forwarding company based in Calgary, Canada.

2012
C.H. Robinson acquires Apreo Logistics S.A., a leading freight forwarder based in Warsaw, Poland, and Phoenix International, Inc., an international freight forwarder headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

2012
Introduction of Navisphere®, the company's proprietary single global technology platform.

2015
C.H. Robinson acquires Freightquote.com, one of the largest internet-based freight brokers in the United States. Freightquote.com offers e-commerce technology allowing shippers to easily access competitive rates and automated load acceptance and payment functionality.