CLdN Cargo starts its own train between Rotterdam and northern Italy

Starting Monday 14 February, CLdN Cargo will run its own intermodal rail connection between Rotterdam and Montirone (Italy). The service will initially operate three times a week connecting CLdN’s own Rotterdam ro ro terminal with the Magli Intermodal Service (MIS) Terminal in Montirone, 13 km south of Brescia.

CLdN Cargo will use its own trailer and container equipment, combined with other types of equipment sourced by CLdN’s forwarding division. “It has been on our wish list for a long time to have a rail connection to Italy under our own control”, said a representative of CLdN Cargo.

MIS Terminal in Montirone

The area of Brescia is strategically located in northern Italy. From here, quick connections are available to the motorways and the main Italian cities. The MIS Terminal has been upgraded and refurbished in 2021 to facilitate longer trains and increased handling capacity.

‘We are very proud to have CLdN Cargo as one of the first clients of the MIS Terminal in Montirone. For us it proves that the 20 million euro investment in the terminal pays off’, said a representative of MIS.

The next step

“Securing rail capacity is vital in this market with the increasing Italian volumes as well as the upcoming mobility package which will only boost unaccompanied rail and ro-ro traffic”, said another spokesperson of CLdN Cargo. ‘We are committed to playing our role in the decarbonisation of freight transport. With this transalpine link we can offer our clients a real opportunity to reduce emissions.

CLdN Cargo is a European door-to-door logistics provider. As an asset-based operator, it is split into three business units: containers, trailers and development. It has a fleet of 5,500 trailers and containers. In December, it announced its ambition to expand its influence on the Italian market.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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