SNCF Logistics

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SNCF Logistics (formerly known as SNCF Geodis) is the division of the SNCF group responsible for freight transportation and logistics. The CEO of SNCF Logistics is Alain Picard (June 2015)

SNCF Logistics
IndustryTransport and logistics
PredecessorSNCF Geodis
FoundedSNCF Geodis : April 2008[1]
Geodis : 1995[2][3]
Calberson: 1904[4][5]
Area served
Key people
Chief Executive Officer of SNCF Geodis, Chairman of Geodis : Alain Picard (June 2013)[7]
Fret SNCF : Sylvie Charles[7]
OwnerFrance (state-owned)
DivisionsFret SNCF, Captrain, Captrain France, GEODIS, Naviland Cargo, GEODIS USA

The division includes the activities of: Geodis (and subsidiaries), general land transport and logistics; Fret SNCF the national rail freight operator as well as Captrain France (short haul freight), Captrain, (international rail freight), combining the former Fret SNCF International and operations acquired from Veolia Cargo; rail vehicle leasing operations such as Ermewa, France Wagons, Akiem and Transengrais; and the automobile transportation company STVA.

SNCF Geodis is a state-owned enterprise, classified as an Établissement public à caractère industriel et commercial (EPIC). SNCF's subsidiaries and participations which are led by SNCF Geodis, are grouped in the holding company Transport et Logistique Partenaires, which is a subsidiary of SNCF Participations.[citation needed]



1904 – Creation of Transports Rapides Calberson in Le Havre, renamed Société des Transports Routiers Calberson in 1920.

In 1961, SCETA took over Société des Transports Routiers Calberson.

In 1995, the GEODIS group was created with the merger of Compagnie Générale Calberson, Bourgey Montreuil, SCETA Transport and SCETA International.

In 1996, the group was privatized by the decree of August 20, 1996 and restructured into four Lines of Business: Groupage, Overseas, Logistics and Road.

In 2002, GEODIS formed a partnership with the German company Rohde & Liesenfeld to strengthen its international sales and transport network. The company confirmed a return to profit.

In 2003, GEODIS expanded its Asian network with new business locations in its own name in Indonesia and Korea.

In 2004, GEODIS Calberson celebrated its centennial. The group confirmed its return to profitable growth.

In 2005, GEODIS was floated on Compartment B of the Eurolist market of Euronext in Paris. The Group launches its European groupage service, Eurofirst.

In 2006, the group acquired TNT’s Freight Forwarding division, ranking it among the leading freight management operators in Europe.

In 2007, GEODIS launched a share capital increase that proves an outstanding success. The Group acquired Rohde & Liesenfeld and introduces a new organization structure based on four Lines of Business: Groupage, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics and Road.

In 2008, GEODIS joined SNCF’s new Transport and Logistics division following a takeover by its major shareholder. That same year, on the basis of a long-term contract GEODIS acquires IBM Global Logistics, IBM’s global logistics flow management platform, giving rise to the Group’s fifth business: GEODIS Supply Chain Optimization. 2009 GEODIS continues its program of external growth with the acquisition of two of the four divisions of Giraud International: the Iron and Steel business and the Central and Eastern European Area business.

2012 Marie-Christine Lombard joined as chief executive officer.

2015 GEODIS acquired OHL (Ozburn-Hessey Logistics) and enhanced its freight forwarding and contract logistics offerings in the US.



The origins of the logistics company Calberson date back to 1904 when Emile Calberson founded a courier business in Le Havre transferring to and on the rail network, by 1910 his company had expanded to serve the entire Paris-Rouen-Le Havre railway line. In 1925 the company incorporates, becoming the Société des Transports Rapides Calberson. In 1932 France Domicile Transport (FTD) acquires a majority share in the company, and it becomes Société Nouvelle des Transports Rapides Calberson (SNTR). In 1955 it is acquired by the SNCF road transport subsidiary Sceta. With state backing the company expanded, acquiring Schenker France in 1966, and beginning overseas operations. In 1984 the company, as Compagnie Générale Calberson (CGC) had its shares publicly offered on the Paris stock exchange.[4]


In 1995 Calberson, along with its overseas operations, as well as the company Bourgey-Montreuil, and other non-rail freight businesses of SNCF-Sceta, were combined into Compagnie Générale Calberson which was renamed as Geodis. The Geodis group was subsequently privatised in 1996.[2]

In 1997 Tailleur Industrie was acquired, in 2000 the express delivery service Extand was sold to the UK Post Office, and had acquired the cargo operations of the Italian firm Züst Ambrosetti by the end of the year.[2] A partnership with the German air and sea freight firm Rohde & Liesenfeld begins in 2002[8] leading to its acquisition and incorporation into the subsidiary Geodis Wilson in 2008.[9] Additionally the group begins to handle forwarding for FedEx in France in 2006[8] and takes over the freight management activities of TNT (formerly known as Wilson Logistics prior to TNT acquisition[10] in the same year.[11] The company became Geodis Wilson in 2007.[12]

In April 2008 SNCF made an offer for 57% of the shares in Geodis,[13] (having originally had a 43% stake[1]) at 462 million euros, thus taking control of the company and effectively re-nationalising an organisation that had been privatised twelve years earlier.[14] The bid was authorised by the French stock market regulator AMF (Autorité des marchés financiers) in May.[15]

SNCF Geodis

Following the acquisition of Geodis SNCF Geodis became[when?] the name of the corporate division of SNCF for all freight and logistics, both internal and international, including non-rail activities.

In March 2009 the Geodis take-over of IBM's Global Logistics company first announced in December 2008 was finalised.,[16] additionally as part of the purchase deal of the logistics business Geodis became the sole logistics supplier for IBM with a multi-year contract.

In September 2009 Veolia Cargo was acquired by SNCF and Eurotunnel, the business units acquired by SNCF were subsequently rebranded along with other international rail freight companies in the SNCF group in February 2010 as Captrain.[17]

In January 2010 the total acquisition of Ermewa (a major European wagon hire business[18]) by SNCF Geodis via the SNCF subsidiary company Transport et Logistique Partenaires SA was cleared by the European Commission.[19]

In December 2010, SNCF Geodis completed its purchase of ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft.[20]

Divisional structure

As of 2010 SNCF Geodis is one of five subdivisions of SNCF. The division is organised into four spheres - Geodis (integrated logistics), STVA (car transportation logistics), Rail transport, and Asset management (rolling stock leasing):[21][22]

  • Geodis[23]
    • Geodis Wilson (formed from merger of Geodis Overseas merged with TNT Freight Management, Wilson Logistics and Rohde & Liesenfeld.[24]) - road, air and sea freight logistics[25]
    • Geodis Calberson (formerly Calberson) - messaging and express services - France and Europe[26]
    • Geodis Logistics (formerly IBM logistics plus other acquisitions) - logistics management[27]
    • Geodis BM (Formerly Bourgey-Montreuil) European road transport[28]
  • STVA (Société de Transports de Véhicules Automobiles )- transportation of vehicles (car etc.) via road, rail and sea.[29]
  • Rail transport:
    • Fret SNCF - French rail freight transport operations as public company
    • Captrain France - French rail freight transport operations as private company
    • Captrain - European railfreight transport operations outside France:[17]
      • Captrain Benelux (formerly Fret SNCF Benelux, Veolia Cargo Belgium, Veolia Cargo Nederland and ITL Benelux)
      • Captrain Deutschland (formerly Fret SNCF Deutschland and Veolia Cargo Deutschland including the former Rail4Chem)
      • Captrain Italia (formerly Fret SNCF Italia and Veolia Cargo Italia)
      • Captrain UK (formerly Freight Europe UK[30])
      • Captrain Romania (formerly VFLI Romania)
  • Asset management - locomotive and wagon leasing and related services:
    • Akiem (locomotives)[31]
    • Ermewa (wagons)[18] with
    • France Wagons (wagons),[32] merged into Ermewa group May 2010.[33]
    • Transengrais (rail transport of fertilizer - vehicle lease or rental)[34]


  1. ^ a b SNCF To Buy The Last 57% of Geodis It Does Not Own Yet Archived 2008-10-26 at the Wayback Machine 7/4/2008 , Matthieu Desiderio ,
  2. ^ a b c Geodis 2003 company report
  3. ^ SNCF Recent Moves: Toward Privatization of Freight Activities? Archived 2013-04-16 at section "A bit of history about Geodis" , 11/4/2008 , Matthieu Desiderio ,
  4. ^ a b Geodis S.A. Key dates , sourced from International Directory of Company Histories, Vol.67. St. James Press, 2005. , via
  5. ^ Highlights from Geodis in the U.K. #3 7/2005 , Page 4 ,
  6. ^ [1] profile via
  7. ^ a b : SNCF: Alain Picard nommé directeur général de la branche fret Geodis 25/06/2013 ,
  8. ^ a b A Group Gaining in Size and Strength Geodis history 2001- ,
  9. ^ Geodis Takes Over Rohde & Liesenfeld press release ,
  10. ^ Geodis Acquires the Freight Forwarding Division of TNT Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine 16/11/06 ,
  11. ^ TNT Sells Freight Management to Geodis TNT Press release , 16/11/2006 ,
  12. ^ TNT Freight Management becomes Geodis Wilson. 18/6/2007 , via
  13. ^ "France's SNCF says poised to take over Geodis", 5 April 2008,
  14. ^ "SNCF makes £366m bid for Geodis", 9 April 2008, Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Geodis takeover bid from SNCF authorised by AMF", 21 May 2008 ,
  16. ^ "Geodis Deal for IBM Global Logistics Closes", 25 March 2009, Archived 2 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ a b Captrain brand to consolidate international freight operations 12/2/2010,
  18. ^ a b ERMEWA Group
  19. ^ "European Commission confirms SNCF Geodis branch's acquisition of 100% of Ermewa", 28 January 2010, Archived 4 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "Railway Gazette: Captrain completes ITL acquisition" . Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  21. ^ SNCF Geodis
  22. ^ SNCF Geodis, SNCF’S No. 1 Business
  23. ^ A Global Organisation for an End-to-End Service
  24. ^ "Geodis Wilson - Strong roots, ambitious ideas" ,, retrieved 10 January 2012
  25. ^ Freight Forwarding
  26. ^ Groupage
  27. ^ Logistics
  28. ^ Road
  29. ^ STVA Company website ,
  30. ^ Freight Europe UK Archived 2009-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ Akiem company website ,
  32. ^ France Wagons company website ,
  33. ^ "France Wagons is now part of Group Ermewa" ,, 1 May 2010
  34. ^ Bienvenue chez Transengrais! Company website ,

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