In 1918 the Rijnvaart Maatschappij Damco emerged out of C.W.H. van Dam & Co, which in 1988 became part of the Dutch Royal Nedlloyd Group and was renamed Damco Maritime. In 1996 Nedlloyd merged with the British P&O Containers Ltd to become P&O Nedlloyd. To reflect the growing emphasis on the development of airfreight within P&O Nedlloyd, Damco Maritime was rebranded Damco Sea & Air.
In 1977, the A.P. Møller Mærsk Group established consolidation services in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong under the name Mercantile. Mercantile introduced warehousing, distribution and global airfreight services in 1998. One year later, in 1999, the Mærsk Group acquired parts of the US shipping line Sealand, including Sealand Logistics. Mercantile and Sealand Logistics merged in 2000 under a new name: Mærsk Logistics.
In 2005 Damco Sea & Air became part of the A.P. Møller Mærsk Group with their acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd and was combined with the other freight forwarding operations of Mærsk Logistics under the brand name Damco. Four years later the entire Logistics Business Unit was rebranded under the single brand name Damco.
Damco is one of the world’s leading providers of freight forwarding services. For more than 100 years, we have been providing our customers with services that helps them manage their cargo and that supports the way they want to do business.
Global presence with a local touch
We manage and serve a diverse range of industries and provide around the world through our in-house forwarding team or with our agency partners. We offer multi-carrier air, ocean and project logistic services and tap into our decades of experience to make the customer experience a seamless one.