Volvo chooses Lineas for rail connections to China and Italy

04 July 2019


The first official train with Volvos from China arrived in the North Sea Port in Ghent and will soon depart for the Chinese port city of Xi’an. Volvo is thus once again confirming its choice for efficient and sustainable rail transport and keeps strengthening the collaboration with Lineas.

Lineas has been handling the transport for Volvo to Sweden for years.  This year, Lineas and Volvo added a new train connection between Ghent and Sacconago in Italy. The connection with China completes the list.


Stefan Fesser, CEO Volvo Car Gent:“Our aim is to deliver our vehicles as quickly as possible to the final customer. By establishing the new rail transport directly to Volvo Car Gent we will reduce the lead time to customers up to 50%. This demonstrates our commitment to drive efficient and sustainable solutions along the entire supply chain.”


Geert Pauwels, CEO Lineas: “After our many years of close cooperation on transports to Sweden, Volvo is now also opting for fast and cost-efficient rail transport to Italy and China. Volvo demonstrates how rail transport is not only sustainable but also the best option for optimising one’s own supply chain.”

Long-term collaboration in favour of the modal shift

Since February 2019 Lineas has provided a biweekly transport to Italy of finished cars, collected in the distribution platform coming from China, Ghent, Sweden and the United States. The cars are loaded at the DFDS terminal on the Mercator Dock. In Italy they are unloaded at the Sacconago terminal near Milan, from where they go to the dealers. 400 Volvo cars are transported each week via the Ghent-Italy connection. This is a genuine modal shift, because last year this transport was still being done entirely by truck.

On top of that there is the train connection between Ghent and China. Several times a week Lineas transports cars between the Kluizen Dock in Ghent and the transfer station in Germany. The container train then heads for Xi´an and Daqing, from which the import also depart. This train connection cuts the transport time in half that required for maritime transport.