Volvo has announced that it is world’s first to export Chinese made cars to Europe by train via China’s new ‘One Belt, One Road’ trade initiative. Volvo has started transporting the S90, built at its Daqing plant in China to a distribution center in Zeebrugge, Belgium this week.
The S90 sedans have been transported to Belgium via the recently opened, China-Europe railway link. The connection brings down the time it takes to transport vehicles to Europe by two thirds compared with the naval route. The train route gives Volvo access to the euro trade flows between China and Europe and the so-called One Belt, One Road initiative that seeks to resurrect the age old Silk Road trade route.
Each of the Volvo-dedicated trains traveling between Daqing and Zeebrugge carry around 120 Volvo cars, which are transported in specially designed containers. One container holds three cars at different angles in order to maximize the use of space available inside.