A. Hartrodt India Private Limited
“Transport is our business” - this motto encapsulates the well-deserved reputation of a. hartrodt for its range of services in all areas of transport and logistics. As a company which operates worldwide, we offer you a tailor-made solution for every transport task - a perfect answer to all your requirements.
Our worldwide network, covering more than 80 countries and our team of 1,860 dedicated and proficient employees, ensure the right solution for you, encompassing the factors of speed, quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness within a single common denominator. You can always rely on a. hartrodt when it comes to transport and logistics.
1887: Hamburg was booming. The rising export economy of the German Empire ensured there were full order books in the Hanseatic City and the city's port was a hive of activity. The proudest expression of this economic upsurge was the newly constructed warehouse district, the Speicherstadt - even today the largest interconnected warehouse complex in the world. It is here that Arthur Hartrodt founded his freight-forwarding business, a. hartrodt, on 1st May 1887 in the Alter Wandrahm area.
The business was focused internationally from the very beginning: a subsidiary in Antwerp and the first branch office in the Netherlands were opened shortly after the founding of the company. Worldwide trade was also in the sights of a. hartrodt from an early stage: in 1907 the barque "Gretchen Hartrodt“ set out on the long journey to Melbourne, which it reached after a voyage of 83 days. In addition to Australia, prospects in North and South America also beckoned: from 1914 onwards from his base in Buenos Aires, Arthur Hartrodt expanded the traffic routes to the South American continent. The company developed into the leading freight forwarder to Australia and South America, taking German influence to all corners of the world: a particular speciality was the export of German pianos.
The 1930s brought profound changes: in 1936 the company founder Arthur Hartrodt died and when the Second World War broke out three years later, the company was not spared from the impact of the conflict. It was only due to the efforts of dedicated employees, that the post war company was able to rise again quickly. As well as founding freight depots in several locations in Germany, the company also extended its air freight business, which was controlled initially from Hamburg and then later from Frankfurt.
In addition to strengthening its existing locations in South America and Australia, the network of a. hartrodt was systematically extended elsewhere: the first office in South Africa was added in 1969 and the growing significance of transport to Eastern Europe was also recognised at an early stage by a. hartrodt. When the office in Tokyo was opened, Asia joined the continents represented on the company's map.
The 1970s brought a significant revival in the freight business with the introduction of containers and a. hartrodt immediately participated in the boom. In 1971 the company moved to its new business premises at 35 Högerdamm, Hamburg where it has its headquarters to this day.
The following years were characterised by expansion. In addition to development of the existing locations, China also became a new destination for the company's focus: Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing and Qingdao became new locations. Through the founding of food & beverage logistics (HK) Ltd, a. hartrodt was also able to offer, from 2005 onwards, an extensive range of food and beverage transport services to this region.
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There are many transport and logistics companies. What distinguishes a. hartrodt from these competitors? As a medium-sized company we are still privately owned. This means for you: a. hartrodt is quite simply closer to its customers.
Thanks to this direct contact, we can more quickly and effectively develop the solution which best meets your requirements. Personal dialogue is of great importance to us: you can always rely on talking to and being assisted by an individual contact. This means that we combine both factors: the closeness of a medium-sized company to its customers, with the wide range of services of a worldwide global player.
Sustainable solutions are playing an ever greater role in the sector of transport and logistics. As a worldwide company, a. hartrodt is very conscious of its responsibility to preserve the environment. This means that all our employees are very aware of the need for solutions which are as environmentally-friendly and resource-saving as possible. The requirement to adopt methods which are as environmentally-friendly and resource-saving as is practical, plays a vital role in every one of our transport and logistics solutions.
Reliability and quality guaranteed
Optimum transport and logistics services can only be achieved by the maximum level of reliability and by comprehensive quality management. Both factors therefore play a critical role in our daily business at a. hartrodt. We have been an IATA agent since 1950 and as far back as 1998 we introduced, in Hamburg, a quality management system in accordance with DIN ISO 9002/9001; which, since then, has provided the basis for the certification of many of our subsidiaries and partners. In addition, the a. hartrodt group was one of the first companies in the whole of Europe to be awarded a full AEO certificate.Read More