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Rutges Cargo Europe, history

1960 - 1970

Rutges originated as a transport company in the early 1960s, by the Rutges family in Gouda. Later, Rutges became part of Royal Pakhoed (today known as Royal Vopak). During these years Rutges mainly transported steel and tanks.

1970 - 1980

At the end of the 1970s, Rutges started transporting air freight. Also for the major airlines such as KLM and Air France.

1980 - 1990

Rutges grew into a full-fledged air freight carrier and pioneer in the field of air freight transport within Europe.

1990 - 2000

Rutges continued to invest in its vehicle fleet, encouraging the continued growth of the company. From the 90s, Rutges was given a new branding style, with the well-known Rutges logo together with the white and green tones on all its vehicles.

2000 - 2015

In the early 2000s, Rutges had many motor-trailer combinations in which refrigerated pharmaceutical products were transported.


As of 2015, Rutges Cargo Europe was bought by Vincent van ‘t Schip. A new course and clear vision was rolled out in which Rutges would specialize in niche markets and distinguishes itself in the transport of special cargoes.


Starting this year, Rutges is making the transition to full logistics service provider where warehousing is an important part of the logistics operations.


As of January 1, 2022, JM-Logistics merged with Rutges Cargo Europe. The Special Cargo division was thus set up. Rutges is also further expanding its transport and warehouse operations.