It all started with a horse and cart. We now have 140 years of experience. Over that time we have built expertise on the roads and the rails. We connect the most important German and European economic centres with German North Sea ports.
1876 April – August Zippel establishes the cross-border haulage company Zippel
1897 August's son, Landrat Oswald Zippel, takes over the company
1900 Zippel is on the road to success with 200 employees and around 100 horse-drawn carts
1920 Six branches open – five in south-east Germany and one in Berlin, and Zippel becomes an official railway dispatch forwarding agent in the same year
1930 The third generation takes over, as brothers Konrad and Georg Zippel focus on the growing market in Berlin
Nach 1945: Hamburg becomes the company's headquarters. The company now focuses on port handling in the city and scheduled freight services between the major cities of Hamburg and Berlin
1968 The graduate economist Hartmut Zippel – the fourth generation – takes over operational management and moves are made towards Zippel's own container transport
1982 Opening of the motorway between Berlin in East Germany and Hamburg in West Germany. The first driver from Berlin to reach the Gudow border checkpoint was Ludwig Bartens, travelling on behalf of the haulage company Konrad Zippel
1995 Axel Plaß – at Zippel since 1990 – becomes the new head of haulage. Thanks to his skill and restructuring in the haulage business, fleet modernisation and the introduction of new means of communication, Zippel continues on its path to success
2005 Zippel is now departing from the platform – the company taps into transport by rail, launching the first train from Hamburg to Berlin
2006 The Halle terminal is connected to the rail network
2007 The Zippel team is joined by Axel Kröger who, together with Axel Plaß, controls the destiny of the Konrad Zippel shipping company.
2009 The rail business is expanded and train departures are increased to four times a week
2011 Since April, zigsXpress – in its capacity as service provider – has been organising the operation of a pioneering railway network for sea containers for its shareholders Konrad Zippel and IGS.
2012 Zippel Logistik GmbH in Dummerstorf allows Zippel to successfully expand its services to include the transportation of general cargo and partial and full truck loads.
In the same year the trading company siegelschuppen.de GmbH is founded, with a focus on products that secure cargo and meet haulage needs.
2014 The Zippel Group continues to grow and now includes the newly founded subsidiary Ladoga Express, based in Hamburg with an agency in St. Petersburg. The focus here is on multi-modal transport to and from Russia.
In order to further solidify Zippel's success on the rails, HBC (Hanseatisches Bahn Contor GmbH), a high-performance partner to Zippel, takes over all shunting activities at the Port of Hamburg.
2015 Zippel celebrates 10 years on the rails! Zippel has successfully developed this pillar further since the beginning in 2005. Zippel's combined transport operations move some 110,000 TEU each year on 650 trains on the Berlin and Schkopau routes.
2016 Zippel moves with the times by completely reworking its website, calculating new tariffs for customers and interacting on social networks.