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Vienna Port Becoming Central Distribution Hub for Opel in Austria

The port in Vienna on the Danube and logistics company GEFCO Österreich are now in charge of services for car maker Opel. GEFCO is going to build 6000 sq.m. of additional warehouse floor-space and a business office in the port to that end. Weekly GEFCO is delivering up to 220 vehicles from Saragossa in Spain and other Opel plants, in Germany and Poland.

July 6, 2016

EU Pumps Billions in Transport Projects, EUR 43.5 Million Go to Austria

The EC has earmarked EUR 6.7 billion (USD 7.54 billion) in investments for transport in Europe. Austria has been allocated EUR 43.5 million for nine projects altogether.

June 17, 2016

Antitrust Court Fines ÖBB, Schenker, Panalpina und Etransa

Upon application of the antitrust authority (BWB) the antitrust court fined four logistics companies for price collusion. ÖBB's subsidiary Rail Cargo has to pay EUR 184,000, Panalpina has to pay EUR 2 million (USD 2.274 million), Schenker has to pay EUR 318,000 and Etransa has to pay EUR 3.5 million.

June 10, 2016

EU to Crack Down on Postal Rip-Offs including Austrian Post

The FT reports that Brussels is preparing a regulatory crackdown against rip-off pricing by national postal operators on cross-border parcel deliveries. According to a study, cross-border parcel deliveries are often five times more expensive than identical trips on the domestic market. While the price of a standard 2 kg parcel delivery in Austria with the national postal operator is €4.44, to have that same parcel send to neighbouring Italy would cost €14. Sending the same parcel back from Italy to Austria will rise to €25. In order to connect the common market, the EU wants to develop the potential of e-commerce and to boost cross-border trade. According to the FT, a spokeswoman of the European Commission said that early next year the Commission will “launch measures to enhance price transparency and regulatory oversight” of the European parcel delivery market.

December 22, 2015

DB Schenker Opens €11 Mln Logistics Center in St. Pölten

The integrated transport and logistics services provider DB Schenker invested €11 million in a new environmentally friendly logistics center in St. Pölten/Lower Austria. DB Schenker is tripling its total occupied space to 34,000-square meter and is creating a capacity for 100 new jobs.

October 14, 2015

Gebrüder Weiss Opens Three Branches in Moscow

Logistics Company Gebrüder Weiss is consolidating its network, and with the Russian location, will be closing a geographical gap between its branches in Europe and Asia.

January 13, 2015

New Post Logistics Center Opens in Upper Austria

Listed postal service provider Post AG has officially inaugurated the new logistics centre in Allhaming, Upper Austria. Built for EUR 50 million (USD 64 million) and used since the beginning of August instead of the centre located at the Linz main train station, it has been designed for daily up to 1.6 million letters and 100,000 packages. Some 650 employees work in the new post office near the motorway Westautobahn. Various political officials participated in the inauguration.

October 17, 2014

Transport & Logistics - DB Schenker Opens New Logistics Center in Belgrade

DB Schenker will be moving into a new logistics center near Belgrade/Serbia at the beginning of 2015. The center will offer customers the technology for specialized logistics solutions.

August 29, 2014

Austrian Export Award 2014 for Above-Average Export Commitment

As part of a festive gala evening in Vienna's Museumsquartier, the Austrian Export Prize 2014 has been awarded by the Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner, and the President of the Economic Chamber Austria (WKO) Christoph Leitl.

June 26, 2014

Transport & Logistics - DB Schenker to Expand its Operations in Croatia

Simultaneously with the accession of Croatia into the EU, and thus the abolition of customs borders between Croatia and the EU countries, Schenker positions itself on that market as a potential logistics partner.

September 3, 2013