Our story begins in 1905 when a Dutch man who was aptly named CWH van Dam purchased a barge boat to transport goods between Germany and Rotterdam along the river Rhine.
A year prior in 1904 A.P. Møller and his father P. Mærsk Møller founded a shipping company in Svendborg, Denmark with just a single freighter. It was the early start of what would later become the A.P. Møller Mærsk Group.
In 1918 the Rijnvaart Maatschappij Damco emerged out of C.W.H. van Dam & Co, which in 1988 became part of the Dutch Royal Nedlloyd Group and was renamed Damco Maritime. In 1996 Nedlloyd merged with the British P&O Containers Ltd to become P&O Nedlloyd. To reflect the growing emphasis on the development of airfreight within P&O Nedlloyd, Damco Maritime was rebranded Damco Sea & Air.
In 1977, the A.P. Møller Mærsk Group established consolidation services in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong under the name Mercantile. Mercantile introduced warehousing, distribution and global airfreight services in 1998. One year later, in 1999, the Mærsk Group acquired parts of the US shipping line Sealand, including Sealand Logistics. Mercantile and Sealand Logistics merged in 2000 under a new name: Mærsk Logistics.
In 2005 Damco Sea & Air became part of the A.P. Møller Mærsk Group with their acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd and was combined with the other freight forwarding operations of Mærsk Logistics under the brand name Damco. Four years later the entire Logistics Business Unit was rebranded under the single brand name Damco.
Further expansion and relocation of headquarters
In 2011 Damco acquired the Chinese air freight forwarder New Times International Transport Service (NTS), followed by the acquisition of the Australian forwarder Pacific Network Global Logistics (PacNet) in 2012.
The Damco headquarters relocated in 2013 to its current location in The Hague, The Netherlands – not that far from where C.W.H. van Dam started his company back in 1905. Compared to those early days, the number of Damco employees has grown from 8 to about 2,500 and the number of locations worldwide grew from 1 to approximately 100.
On 1st January 2019, Damco became a non integrated brand of the A.P. Møller Mærsk Group. Focusing on our air and ocean expertise as well as our additional services that we offer.
Today we are one of the biggest providers of transportation services around the world. Our clear vision is evident in all we do and leads for things to move in the right way, right away!
We offer a global network with worldwide offices and distribution facilities, staffed by dedicated teams of experts.
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