Hermann Grewer: mover of European road freight transport
In the field of national and international logistics, Hermann Grewer is considered one of the key players in the liberalisation and development of European road freight transport in the internal EU market. He successfully fought for fair competitive conditions in Europe as the basis for the efficient provision of transport logistics services by SMEs. His ideas and efforts have secured the survival of thousands of transport and logistics companies as well as the future of safe and reliable logistics services in a liberalised market.
|Field||associations, transport logistics|
|Current position||Honorary President of the German Association of Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal (BGL), Frankfurt/Main|
|Born||June 6, 1943 in Braunschweig, Germany|
|Induction into the Logistics Hall of Fame||2013, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Berlin, Germany|
|Congratulatory speaker||Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development|
Born on June 6, 1943 in Braunschweig
1969 Takes over at the helm of his parents' transport firm and specialises in hazardous goods/silo transportation
Since 1984 Member of the General Assembly of the IHK Münster Chamber of Industry and Commerce
1992 to 2010 Chairman of the Transport Committee at the IHK Münster Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Up to 2010 Associate member of the Audit Committee for "verification of proficiency in the management of road haulage companies"
Chairman of the Hazardous Goods Working Group of the Münster, Bielefeld and Detmold Chambers
Chairman of the North Rhine-Westphalia Transport Industry and Logistics Association, Münster and Düsseldorf
Member of the Supervisory Board of SVG Westfalen-Lippe eG
1991 Vice-President of the Long-Distance Freight Transport Association (BDF), Frankfurt
Since 1991 Member of the Hazardous Goods Transport Council of the Federal Ministry of Transport
1995 to 1999 Vice-President of the Transport Council of the International Road Transport Union (IRU, Geneva)
1995 to 2010 Vice-President of the IHK Münster Chamber of Industry and Commerce
1999 to 2005 President of the Transport Council of the International Road Transport Union (IRU, Geneva)
1995 to 2012 President of the BDF, now called German Association of Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal (BGL), Frankfurt am Main, today Honorary President
2013 Induction into the Logistics Hall of Fame
- After studying Engineering at the universities in Munich and Karlsruhe, Grewer took over at the helm of his parents' transport company in 1969 and began his association career.
- He fought for fair competitive conditions in Europe and promoted the recognition of logistics in the public and political spheres. He is seen nationally and internationally as one of the key movers behind the liberalisation and completion of European road freight transport in the internal market.
- It is due to his diplomatic skills that the fiscal and market policy foundations were laid that secured the survival of a high-performing SME segment in the logistics industry.
- The name Hemann Grewer is, for example, closely associated with the political implementation of the demand for harmonisation in the European competitive arena voiced by the German road freight transport sector. Grewer and Professor Dr. Karlheinz Schmidt, President of the German Association of Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal (BGL), succeeded in pushing through a 600 million euro harmonisation package to ensure renewed alignment of competitive conditions in Europe following the introduction of the truck toll regulations.
- As Vice-President of the International Road Transport Union, Geneva, Road Freight Transport Section, Grewer was committed to the European integration of companies in the road freight transport sector. It is thanks to his negotiating skills, for example, that the international Carnet-TIR customs clearance system did not collapse for German foreign trade during the 1996 TIR crisis – otherwise millions of surety bonds for the international exchange of goods would have become due at the expense of German industry. Through his actions, Grewer secured the survival of many companies in industry, trade and logistics as well as numerous freight forwarding companies and their carriers. These efforts earned him the recognition of all the European freight forwarding associations.
- During nearly 17 years as President of the German Association of Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal (BGL) in Frankfurt, Grewer transformed the former BDF Long-Distance Freight Transport Association into a service centre for the member associations, turning it into a powerful logistics federation.