The Boxline story

Boxline was founded in Milan in 1985 by brothers Carlo and Sandro Milani, who still sit on the board today. Originally a shipping agency providing full-container scheduled services, the firm has developed into a groupage operator and scheduled carrier in the maritime-transport sector serving an array of destinations.

We became Boxline UCL in 2004 with the acquisition of United Cargo Link, a consolidator specialising in imports from Asia. The company then started operating as a global consolidator, offering groupage services to and from North, Central and South America, China, the Far East, India and Pakistan, the Middle East and Africa. 


In 2008, the company began to expand overseas, opening an office in Koper (Slovenia), a strategic hub for services to and from the Balkans and central Europe.

As groupage volumes in Italy and Slovenia continued to grow, new bases sprang up almost every year: first in Warsaw (Poland), then in Vilnius (Lithuania) and later further inland in Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Belgrade (Serbia) and Prague (the Czech Republic). 



With a European presence comprising 8 offices, Boxline UCL has established itself as one of Europe’s leading consolidators. Our 150 staff handled more than 75,000 shipments totalling over 350,000 CBM of groupage goods in 2018 alone.

As an NVOCC operator, Boxline UCL’s business is also growing in the rail sector to and from China as well as the FCL and air arenas, served from our Milan headquarters and overseas branches. Our aim, as ever, is to provide the shipping world with neutral services it can always count on. 



Boxline UCL is a founder member of the Cargo World Network (CWN), the large global network for LCL services that brings together the main consolidators in each country. CWN members offer multinational shippers a global groupage service with a web of over 22,000 interlinked ports, all on one platform through one organisation, with one point of contact and one carrier’s liability.