MTL is your rail operator for block train systems

Deliver faster and save costs

We will get your delivery to its destination safely and on time. Thanks to our excellent network in the logistics industry, we can offer you a service portfolio that fully covers your requirements.

MTL supports you from the planning of new logistics projects to the operational handling of your transports.

Web operator

Global rail operator


Block train operator in intermodal transport


Comprehensive services for customs clearance

About us

MTL Martin Tolksdorf Logistics GmbH

In 2000 we founded the GmbH as a family business. At that time, our focus was on consulting for freight forwarders. We took over forwarding services as outsourcing partner as well as network development and administration of overseas transports. We consistently pursued this concept until 2010.
Container Hafen Mitarbeiter
Container Terminal

Since 2010 we have expanded our offer. We placed our own offers in overland transport with the CIS countries. In container as well as conventional cargo transport. MTL established itself as a rail operator for block train systems. Our broad portfolio of services enables us to fully cover our customers' requirements.
We are your impartial and competent partner when it comes to your delivery. We work absolutely transparently to avoid information deficits. Because it is very important to us to have a good relationship of trust with our customers at every stage of the cooperation.

Our numbers

Trains in 2022
approx. 0
TEU in 2022
approx. 0
EUR m Sales 2022
approx. 0
Our services

Do you want to outsource your logistics processes and minimize costs?

Due to our very good networking within the logistics industry, we are able to offer our customers a wide range of services. We bring your goods safely and on time to their destination. You get an overview of the transport at any time. Through error-free data management, we ensure that the train departs with the desired containers.
Containerschiff Löschung Kran
Web operator

Block Train Systems Worldwide

We offer customized block train systems for the efficient transport of maritime goods - from German seaports to hinterland terminals and cross-border to Asia and beyond.

Rely on our expertise from planning to operational execution. We handle both company and non-company trains and thus offer individual solutions for your needs. Our team advises you on the development of new train systems, always with the aim of optimizing your logistics chain.

Our IT-supported order processing ensures smooth communication between ports, terminals and customers. We take care of all the necessary steps, from checking readiness for loading and controlling loading and shunting operations to slot booking and deviation management.

With MTL as your partner, you will achieve new efficiencies in rail logistics and benefit from optimal carrier and transport connections. Let’s work together to make your rail transportation project a success!

Transport Straße
Intermodal transports

Block train operator

MTL also acts as a block train operator in intermodal transport. Our transport structure is bundled and we have high frequencies. As a result, we are digitally networked with all stakeholders in the seaports. Therefore, we easily control flow of containers in ports with the latest IT capabilities.

In addition, we offer our customers the following ancillary services:

1) Coordinations, cost allocation and transportation services in the areas:

  • Customs inspection and CPA (SCAN)
  • Change of custodian
  • Veterinary inspection
  • Aeration and degassing
  • Port transhipments

2) Settlement of local port costs with port operations and shipping companies:

  • Terminal handling charge
  • Releasefee
  • Parking fees
  • Commitment certificates
  • Submission of documents to the shipowner

3) Completion of exports via ZAPP (Hamburg) and BHT (Bremerhaven) notifications and NCTS docs by change of custodian in rail traffic.

4) Customs clearance of import shipments

5) NCTS documents for import shipments


Relieve the burden on your company with our comprehensive customs services!

We offer NCTS shipping (T-1) for road and rail, import clearance for free circulation, export declarations (AES) and electronic export monitoring in export.

The NCTS transit system (T-1) is used for cross-border transportation of goods by road and rail. It enables import clearance for free circulation and the preparation of export declarations (AES). This involves electronic export monitoring in the export process.

The procedure serves the efficient handling of goods traffic and facilitates customs clearance and clearance of their goods for the transport companies. With the NCTS shipping process, the flow of goods can be handled more quickly and easily, which helps to increase efficiency and competitiveness. Electronic monitoring can prevent delays and losses of goods, which overall contributes to a smooth flow of goods.

In addition, you receive valuable ancillary services such as coordination, cost allocation and transportation services for customs inspection, CPA (SCAN), change of custodian and veterinary inspection. Benefit from our expertise and optimize your logistics processes with our efficient and reliable services.


In the ports of Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven, MTL manages the port throughput of containers using the latest IT capabilities. In addition, MTL books the slots and coordinates the handling in the respective terminals. We plan and coordinate loading and shunting operations for rail transport companies in the port area. In addition, MTL organizes port transfers between terminals within a location and also as a link between seaports.
Intermodal trains to seaports
Development of a proprietary digital interface with customs and rail IT systems at various ports through Protostellar GmbH, a subsidiary of Martin Tolksdorf Logistics GmbH (second owner THALES). Protostellar has won the German Mobility Award 2021.
MTL is involved in cross-border transports. MTL arranges the rail transports and takes care of the positioning of wagons and containers. Here we planned together with our partners block trains from and to Asia and the Netherlands etc.. In Germany these freight trains are delivered to a seaport or a hinterland terminal. MTL takes care of the handling and data transfer for registration at the port or terminal.
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