What's today one of the freight forwarding pillars of OT Logistics, part of the Group since 2014, started as a tannery in the Grand Duchy of Posen, back 160 years ago part of the Kingdom of Prussia.
But the company's founder, Carl Hartwig, quickly took advantage of the growing economy, which created a demand for transportation services as well as customs and merchandise expertise.
The company not only transported and stored various goods, including wool, but was also a market leader in removal. After Poland regained independence in 1918, the company was bought by the government and was instrumental in developing the country's international trade through the brand-new Port of Gdynia (in 1929, C.Hartwigh took care of 11% of Poland's foreign trade).
The company resumed operations on 15 May 1945 and after 20 years blazed another trail together with the port, namely container transports. In July of that year, C.Hartwig arranged the first shipments of meat from the UK using reefers.