Quality – Your demand / Our tradition

“Our team works with heart and mind on your solutions. Quality and customer satisfaction are our focus. Logistics and forwarding are more than just transports for us. We organise pre-carriage and on-carriage, distribution, cost minimisation, interim storage and protection against climatic influences.

Our customised solutions meet the highest standards. Trust our expertise for seamless and efficient logistics. We are happy to support you.”

speed

  • Very short internal communication and decision-making channels at ESF due to the medium-sized, entrepreneur-led structure with a flat hierarchy.
  • A competent decision-making contact is always available to you
  • Binding answers within the shortest possible time

self-determined

  • No ties to shipping companies or other carriers.
  • No own trucks, no conflict of objectives with the utilisation requirements of an own fleet.
  • Choice of carriers/purchase of transports solely according to economic efficiency and customer interest in speed, protection of cargo and other quality aspects of the transport service

hanseatic

  • Loyal to our customers
  • Conscientious in the interest of our clients
  • Our word counts

History

Forwarding agency since 1936

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1856: Foundation of Ludwig Schröder as a forwarding and warehousing company

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1932: Foundation of the company Friedrich Ellmers

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1948: Foundation of TLS

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70er Jahre: Fusion of Ludwig Schröder and Friedrich Ellmers

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1980: Renamed in ESF – Friedrich Ellmers Shipping and Forwarding GmbH

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2000: Klaus Wolthoff becomes Honorary Consul

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2003: Integration of TLS into the ESF company

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2007: Entering the solar business

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2017: Construction of the first warehouse in August-Horch-Str.

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2018: Strategic expansion of wool business

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2019: Completion of the second construction phase (second warehouse) in August-Horch-Str.

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2020: Expansion through use of Riedemannstrasse

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2021: Closure of the Honorary Consulate of Sudan

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2023: Agreement on the long-term use of Riedemannstrasse