The Boxline UCL headquarters has been in Pero, just outside Milan, since 1986. It is now also the hub coordinating the company’s more recent overseas bases.
Koper was Boxline UCL’s first overseas office, opening its doors in 2008 as the port established itself as a southern gateway to the markets of central Europe. A pivotal point for the subsequent expansion, the base proved a winning idea, as traffic surged to quite unexpected levels. It now handles around 12,000 CBM of LCL maritime import and export traffic each month.
At our Chinese partners’ request, and inspired by the success of the Koper branch, Boxline UCL opened a second foreign office in 2009 in Warsaw, the capital of a major nation with a fast-growing economy.
Over the years, the city has also become the main arrival point for the nascent rail services from China. Today, besides LCL services by sea, Boxline Warsaw handles about 1,000 CBM per month of LCL RAIL traffic from China.
Spurred by Chinese demand and despite initial concerns about the challenges inherent in the Russian and Belorussian markets (the main destinations for goods shipped from Baltic ports), Boxline UCL opened a new office in 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Eight years on, Boxline UCL Baltics has achieved a leading position in the LCL market with impressive volumes not only from China and the Far East but also from Canada and the USA.
The volume growth through Koper to central Europe prompted the opening of more new offices, to enhance our service quality and boost our commercial effectiveness.
The first country involved was Hungary – inevitably, being the closest to Slovenia and the port of Koper. Boxline UCL Budapest duly opened in 2014. This immediately proved an excellent decision, with gratifying results in terms of profitability and rising volumes.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – BELGRADE, SERBIA – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
After the Budapest success, Boxline UCL pressed ahead and acquired companies in Vienna and Belgrade – in destination countries for goods handled via Koper – to advance our groupage activities.
Boxline UCL also opened an office in Prague in late 2016, before intensifying efforts in early 2018 with the acquisition of a competitor, FPS Prague, and its business and volumes in the Czech Republic.
Now, as volumes continue to grow, these countries are served not only in transit via Koper but also directly from the main Chinese and Far-Eastern ports, with no transhipping required before the final destination.
In 2018, goods shipped directly to the internal CFS made up 40% of the total volumes unloaded in the port of Koper.
Boxline UCL firmly believes in this strategy of providing more and more services direct to the ultimate destination for ever-faster and more reliable services at increasingly competitive prices.