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Nexia Ebner Stolz

Economic Sectors

Transportation / Logistics

The globalization of the economy, a robust export sector, rapid growth in online and mail order commerce, and changes in customer expectations have ensured high growth rates for the German shipping and logistics sector in the past. But today this development is often countered by rising cost pressures, persistent competition and increasing regulation. Local markets have coalesced into platforms involving competitors who operate worldwide. This competitive situation, together with skyrocketing energy and shipping costs and high customer expectations for service, puts special pressure on prices and performance.

Speed and relia­bi­lity, tra­cking infor­ma­tion and RFID (radio fre­qu­ency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion), as well as spe­cia­li­zed ser­vice in accep­ting mer­chan­dise and hand­ling returns, are the per­for­mance fea­tu­res by which ship­ping and logistics com­pa­nies’ qua­lity is jud­ged today. Not just the ship­ping acti­vity its­elf, but orga­ni­zing diverse logisti­cal ser­vice pro­ces­ses is now part of a logistics com­pany’s core busi­ness. Expec­ta­ti­ons from soft­ware and the IT infra­struc­ture are high.

In addi­tion, eco­no­mic deve­lop­ment in the trans­por­ta­tion and logistics sec­tor is inc­rea­sin­gly being influ­en­ced by a con­stantly chan­ging legal environ­ment, most sig­ni­fi­cantly because of Euro­pean regu­la­ti­ons. The need to invest in infra­struc­ture and new (environ­men­tally fri­endly) tech­no­lo­gies will grow in the coming years.

The logistics indu­s­try’s estab­lis­hed skills and tech­no­lo­gies offer many com­pa­nies a chance to leverage addi­tio­nal ear­ning poten­tial, through a focu­sed invest­ment in their own busi­ness model. Many com­pa­nies still have sub­stan­tial poten­tial for savings, espe­cially in logistics, or more accu­ra­tely, in the sup­ply chain. So logistics is a con­s­i­de­ra­ble “ear­nings lever,” besi­des being a com­pe­ti­tive fac­tor.

To meet the spe­cia­li­zed needs of the trans­por­ta­tion and logistics sec­tor, at Ebner Stolz we have mul­ti­di­s­ci­p­li­nary teams of expe­ri­en­ced acco­un­t­ants, audi­tors, tax advi­sors, cor­po­rate con­sul­tants, IT experts and attor­neys, who have not only the necessary legal tools but spe­cia­li­zed know­ledge in trans­por­ta­tion law. Ship­ping and logistics com­pa­nies who ope­rate abroad can also pro­fit from our inter­na­tio­nal net­work (

Our ser­vices at a glance

  • Single-entity and con­so­li­da­ted annual finan­cial sta­te­ments (Ger­man Com­mer­cial Code, IFRS)
  • IT con­sul­ting
  • Risk mana­ge­ment
  • Spe­cia­li­zed tax advice, espe­cially value added tax mat­ters when exchan­ging ser­vices with cli­ents abroad, invol­ve­ment of sub­con­trac­tors
  • Ship­ping and sto­rage law
  • Out­sour­cing
  • Draf­ting con­tracts
    • Logistics agree­ments
    • Soft­ware license agree­ments
    • Sub­con­tracts
    • Gene­ral terms and con­di­ti­ons
  • Customs and for­eign-trade law
  • Ship­ping insurance law
  • Review of com­p­laint claims
  • Deve­lop­ment and opti­miza­tion of logistics con­cepts
    • Pro­cu­re­ment logistics (inbound)
    • Ware­house mana­ge­ment
    • (Multi-stage) dis­tri­bu­tion logistics
    • Logistics out­sour­cing / back­sour­cing
  • Sup­ply chain mana­ge­ment
    • Sour­cing stra­te­gies and con­cepts
    • Opti­miza­tion and deve­lop­ment of a sup­p­lier port­fo­lio
    • Opti­miza­tion and deve­lop­ment of sys­te­matic con­trol tools

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