The Deutsche Speditions- und Logistikverband (DSLV) e.V. is the umbrella organisation for the forwarding and logistics industry in Germany. Following the merger of the German Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association (BSL) and the Association of German Motor Vehicle Forwarders (VKS) a few years ago, the association today represents the interests of all freight forwarders, across all modes of transport (air, sea, inland waterways, rail, truck) – at national and international level. Furthermore, the DSLV trains, advises and qualifies its member associations and their members. Around 3,000 companies (with a total of around 540,000 employees) belong to the DSLV, represented by over 16 regional associations. It was founded in Bonn in 2003 and today has its headquarters in Berlin.
German Logistics Associations
Die Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL) e.V. is a non-profit organisation and a competence and expert network for logistics and supply chain management. Its members from industry, trade, services and science use BVL as a platform for national and international exchange of ideas. BVL’s objectives are to build a bridge between industry and science and to promote public understanding of logistics. BVL organises the German Logistics Congress with more than 3,000 participants in Berlin as well as other specialist forums. It is the initiator of the action day “Logistics Day”. BVL was founded in 1978 and currently has around 11,000 members. They are organized in 28 regional groups in Germany, 10 international groups, 25 student groups and the Young Professionals Network. The central service for members is provided by the BVL office in Bremen.
The Bundesverband Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Logistik (BWVL) e.V. is a business association which represents the interests of the transport and logistics industry vis-à-vis politics and business. In the interest of its members, the association helps to shape developments in the freight transport sector and actively advocates sustainable liberalisation and harmonisation of the transport markets. The BWVL pays particular attention to participation in the legislative process through targeted statements and constant presence in committees and at hearings. The FOT also campaigns against unilateral burdens on road freight transport and restrictions on entrepreneurial activities in the transport market. The Bundesverband Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Logistik e.V. was founded in 1955 and has its headquarters in Bonn.
Bundesverband der Transportunternehmen (BVT)
Der Wirtschaftsverband Bundesverband der Transportunternehmen (BVT) e.V. ist eine politische Vertretung für Frachtführer. Er setzt sich für setzt sich für die Belange und Rechte kleiner und mittlerer Transportunternehmen ein. Ziele sind die Anerkennung der Unternehmen in der Öffentlichkeit, wirtschaftliche und faire Arbeitsbedingungen und eine Vereinfachung der Steuergesetzte für Transportunternehmen. Für Mitglieder organisiert der BTV Beratungen und Erfahrungsaustausch und gibt Broschüren mit Informationen heraus. Der Verband wurde 1991 als Bundesverband der Unternehmer in den Paketdiensten gegründet und fusionierte 2001 mit dem Verband Deutscher Kleingütertransporteure e.V. Seitdem heißt er Bundesverband der Transportunternehmen e.V. (BVT). Hauptsitz des Verbandes ist in Dortmund.
The Bundesverband der Kurier-Express-Post-Dienste (BdKEP) e.V. is an association of postal service providers and employers of courier express parcel services. The BdKEP sees itself in its sector as a contact for the public and as a political decision-maker. It represents the commercial policy interests of all small and medium-sized entrepreneurs and companies vis-à-vis the Bundestag and government, authorities, chambers of commerce and trade unions. The BdKEP was founded in 1990 under the name Bundesverband des Kurierwesens (BdK), since 1999 it has existed under its current name. The association’s headquarters are in Hamburg.
The Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik e.V. (BME) is the professional association for purchasing, supply chain management and logistics in Germany. The BME sees itself as a service provider for its members, who belong to industry, trade, public institutions and the financial sector. The association’s objectives include the transfer of know-how through a constant exchange of experience, the training and further education of qualified personnel and scientific work on new methods, processes and techniques. In addition, the BME supports its members in the development of new markets. The association was founded in 1954 and today has 9,500 members – from individuals to large companies. The volume of goods and services purchased by its members amounts to around 1.25 trillion euros annually, which is approximately half of Germany’s gross domestic product. The headquarters of the BME is located in Frankfurt am Main.
The Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung (BGL) e. V. is the professional association of the transport logistics industry in Germany. It represents the interests of the German road haulage companies vis-à-vis politicians. The BGL has regional associations in many federal states and liaison offices in Berlin and Brussels. The association was founded in 1947 and has its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main. About 7,000 companies belong to the BGL.
The Bundesverband Paket und Expresslogistik e.V. (BIEK) is the representation of interests for the courier express and package service providers (CEP) in Germany. The BIEK was founded at a time when the German Post Office still held a monopoly position in parcel delivery and has since then been campaigning for strong and fair competition in the postal and transport markets. Once a year, the association publishes a study on the growth and economic development of the CEP industry and is involved in various specialist committees on the environment, transport and law. BIEK was founded in 1982 and has its headquarters in Berlin. The leading CEP service providers DPD, GLS, GO!, Hermes and UPS currently belong to it. The association is also a member of the European Express Association (EEA).