It all began in 1976 when Leif Tullberg and nine independent trucking companies established DSV, De Sammensluttede Vognmænd af 13-7 1976 A/S. The company operated as a cartage department for the owners and only handled contracting haulage and deliveries.

Soon, the vision became to enter the international transport market. This was realised in 1989 with the acquisition of the two competing export companies Borup Autotransport A/S and Hammerbro A/S-Bech Trans, followed by Samson Transport Co. A/S in 1997 and Svex Group AB in 1999.

These were important acquisitions as they altered their services and product focus as well as made the framework for an international future of the company.

In 2000, the biggest step in the history of DSV was taken with the acquisition of DFDS Dan Transport Group, which led to a new era and strategy.

Not only they did strengthen their global network, they also entered new market segments. In addition to road transport services in Scandinavia, the UK, the Baltics and Europe, the acquisition secured a comprehensive logistics set-up as well as a key position within airfreight and overseas transports to the US and Asia Pacific markets.

To put focus on DSV’s different services and customer segments, in 2001 they separated their operations into three divisions: Road, Air & Sea and Solutions.

In 2005, their position in the air and sea transport industry was further strengthened with the acquisition of J.H. Bachmann. The following year, they acquired Frans Maas and advanced their position from being a Scandinavian player to being a true Pan-European road transport and logistics player.

With the acquisition of ABX LOGISTICS in 2008, DSV gained presence in South America and is now present on all continents. Furthermore, they have strengthened their position in Europe, particularly in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.

DSV acquired UTi Worldwide Inc. in 2016, strengthening their position worldwide, particularly in the US and Africa.

In 2019, they joined forces with Panalpina Welttransport, becoming the world's fourth largest transport and logistics company. The addition strengthened their position across the globe, particularly within air freight and sea freight.

In 2021, DSV acquired Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics business (GIL), a leading global transport and logistics provider with a strong footprint in emerging markets. With this new addition to their organisation, they became a global top-three player within transport and logistics.