International Transport Journal

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International Transport Journal

description Magazine for managers and specialists in the forwarding and logistics, transport and loading industry
publishing company Süddeutscher Verlag Munich
First edition July 15, 1939
Frequency of publication 14– daily
Sold edition 53,000 copies
Editor-in-chief Christian Doepgen
editor swiss professional media AG
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The International Transport Journal (ITJ) is a world publicly logistics - trade magazine based in Basel in Switzerland .

The title appears in 21 issues per year simultaneously in a full English, French and German edition in 131 countries. On the occasion of international trade fairs or other occasions, the ITJ is also printed in Russian, Spanish or Portuguese. An Italian-language supplement appears for the first time in November 2014.

On working days, subscribers also receive the ITJ-Daily, an online newsletter in English with the latest news from the global transport and logistics industry. All print editions of the ITJ appear every fortnight as e-papers.


The first edition of the International Transport Journal founded by Franz Rittmann appeared on July 15, 1939 in Basel. Rittmann, a freight forwarder from Basel, bought the “Allgemeine Tarifanzeiger” from his friend Alexander Freud (younger brother of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud ) in Vienna in 1938 in order to forestall its expropriation. Despite the outbreak of war and the drafting of employees for military service, the publisher Rittmann published the title fortnightly. In addition to numerous individual messages from the international forwarding, shipping and loading scene, the focus of the reporting was on rail tariffs, customs and foreign exchange regulations. At that time, the trade journal benefited from its status as the only international source of information on transport tariffs and was thus able to bridge the war years. In the following decades, the title broadened its range of topics, among other things due to the introduction of the container, which brought a revolution in merchant shipping. The growing technical possibilities brought logistics to the fore and air freight also developed into a separate category. With the triumph of the truck, road transport also took up more space.

Reporting on international markets, which began with the so-called “country sections” and has now evolved over the year into the “From the regions” section in every single issue, alongside the numerous geographical specials, is of particular importance. In the early 1970s, an English abridged version of the ITJ, the "Overseas Digest", was attached to the German and French editions and sent separately to Great Britain and overseas. A few years later this short version was supplemented by the country sections Great Britain, North and South America, Middle East, Africa and Asia and published as an “Overseas Edition”.

In 1991, in the 53rd year of the magazine, Rittmann withdrew and sold the publishing house to the Basler Zeitung (BaZ), which also printed the ITJ. With this decision, he turned down offers from Holland and Germany and continued to rely on the Swiss location. Since 2005, the ITJ has belonged to the Südwestdeutsche Medienholding (SWMH), one of the largest corporate groups for newspapers and other media in Germany, and thus to the specialist magazine subsidiary of the Süddeutscher Verlag in Munich.

The ITJ's distinguishing feature on the title is a rose-red or magenta lettering. The original design was created in Basel in 1939 by the graphic artist Fritz Bühler .

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