RTSB is a family owned business and one of the leading railway operators along the Eurasian logistics corridor, well known for quality service, flexibility and reliability.
A chronological outline of our company history and milestones.
Our background and how it all started.
RTSB was founded in 1996. The founder’s fundamental knowledge of the railway market in the CIS, Russia and Europe paired with years of experience and valuable relationships in the railway sector laid the foundation for the future success of RTSB, building a bridge between the East and the West.
Around the turn of the century diversification took place. In 2007 the ContainerOnlineshop GmbH and the web-based application myTransoffice were introduced. MyTransoffice received an innovation award in the category ‘logistics software’ at CEBIT in Hannover 2009, convincing the jury with an unmatched level of innovation and utility especially for medium-sized companies.
At the same time RTSB grew, making a name for itself as a progressive transportation company between Europe, the CIS and Central Asia.
The RTSB group was created.
RTSB undergoes a change in strategy as Artur Ballardt becomes CEO of the company. The service portfolio is extended, RTSB prepares to evolve from a freight forwarder to a railway operator.
RTSB goes Russia
An RTSB branch office in Moscow is established.
A forwarding contract with the Russian State Railway (RZD jsc) is signed, making RTSB official freight forwarder.
RTSB becomes railway operator
RTSB introduces their first own block train service ‘Katarina’ from Hamburg (Germany) to Malaszewicze (Poland) and prepares to participate in the BRI initiative.
The subsidiary Intermodtrans GmbH with a branch in Riga (Latvia) and Belintertrans Germany GmbH, a daughter of the Belarusian state railway, are established in Friedrichsdorf.
First block train between China and Europe
RTSB operates their first block train from Duisburg (Germany) to Shanghai (China). Our first regular block train service from Zhengzhou (China) to Hamburg (Germany) is established.
A new branch office is established in Malaszewicze (Poland) right by the border crossing to Belarus to ease customs procedures.
RTSB expands further
Regular block train services between Duisburg (Germany) and Malaszewicze (Poland), as well as Baku (Azerbaijan) and Poti (Georgia) on the New Silk Road are established.
Branch offices in Izmir (Turkey) and Shanghai (China) are opened.
RTSB grows as an operator
The company opens a branch in Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan).
New regular block train services from Chengdu and Hefei to Europe are introduced.
In cooperation with DHL the first freight train from Chengdu to Poti along the New Silk Route is operated.
RTSB becomes a medium sized company.
New routes between Europe and China
The new route Chongqing – Duisburg (Germany) / Chengdu – Tilburg (Netherlands) / Nuremberg (Germany) is established.
The annual turnover reaches US$ 100Mio, RTSB now is a large business.
Contracts with LDz and CDIRS are signed
RTSB signs a forwarding contract with the Latvian state railway (LDz).
A contract with CDIRS is closed in Chengdu.
In cooperation with Belintertrans and DHL China a regular train link between Shenzhen and Minsk is established.
Branches in Gams (Switzerland), Lodz (Poland) and New York (United States) are established.
Introduction of new gateways
A block train service from Xi’an (China) to Hamburg/ Duisburg/ Neuss (Germany) and Budapest (Hungary) is established.
The Chongqing service to Duisburg now runs through Bruzgi (Belarus) / Kaliningrad (Russia) as an alternative to the main corridor Brest (Belarus) – Terespol (Poland).
A subsidiary of RTSB Asia is opened in Xi’an, as well as an RTSB branch office in Istanbul (Turkey).
A contract about a direct cooperation with UTLC ERA is signed.
RTSB goes carrier,
Coopertaion with CRCT is extended
The joint venture ERC – Eurasian Railway Carrier is founded in cooperation with Belintertrans Germany.
Our cooperation agreement with CRCT Europe is extended.
The annual turnover reaches US$ 300Mio.
New routes and destinations
Our block train volume increases by approximately 32% in the first quarter and by 57% in the first half of 2020 (compared to 2019) during the Covid-19 pandemic.
New regular block train services are established:
- between Ludwigshafen (Germany) and Xi’an (China)
- Frenkendorf / Niederglatt (Switzerland) and Xi’an / Hefei (China)
- Liège (Belgium) and Chengdu (China)
RTSB expands, further
Despite the ongoing disruptions due to the Corona pandemic, RTSB is able to extend their business and further increase block train volumes.
RTSB RUS LLC is founded in Moscow.
A branch office is established in Budapest, Hungary.
Multimodal transports via the port of Kaliningrad to Hamburg and the UK are established .
Route development becomes crucial
The TMTM route via the Black Sea sees a revival as an alternative to the Northern routings as tensions between Russia and Ukraine increase.
We are able to attend expos in China, Kazakhstan and Europe, again after the Corona-induced break.
RTSB embraces the dynamic Indian market
We expand our business operations along the Middle Corridor with the establishment of a liaison office in Mumbai, India. This significant move is part of our commitment to tap into the vibrant and evolving Indian market, enriching our global portfolio.
To strengthen our network and enhance connectivity, we’ve also established an agency in Dubai, UAE. This strategic location serves as a pivotal hub, ensuring we have maximum control and flexibility over these new transport routes.
is to optimize current services in intermodal logistics and to develop new solutions to satisfy our customer’s transportation needs.
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We operate in 20 locations in 15 countries.
Our headquarters is situated in Friedrichsdorf, Germany.
Benefit from our comprehensive experience in freight forwarding on more than 1.000,000 routes.
OUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
AGREEMENTS WITH STATE RAILWAYS
The RTSB group holds direct forwarding contracts and agreements with major state railways. These contracts allow us to be listed as a carrier in all relevant shipping documents with our own freight payment codes. No intermediary needed.
RTSB holds freight payer code agreements with the state railways of:
For our customers these agreements mean shorter transit times, faster processing at the borders as well as higher cost efficiency resulting in attractive pricing.
OUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
Together with our strong partners we aim to tailor our services exactly to your specific needs, adding even more value to your customer experience with RTSB.
ERC is a licensed railway carrier for joint intermodal and conventional freight transport on European tracks.
MyTransoffice is a streamlined platform for end to end communication, mapping all processes along multi-modal transport chains.
Belintertrans Germany is a subsidiary of the Belarusian State Railway, based out of Friedrichsdorf, Germany.
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