DSV has signed an agreement with Valmet Automotive, a Finnish company producing cars for German Mercedes-Benz. The agreement will run for three years, till 2016, and will most likely result in the establishment of a direct ferry route from Travemünde in Germany to Uusikaupunki, Finland.
The agreement, which DSV describes as "major", keeps 500 trailers employed at once during peak business hours. The route will be operated with a ro-ro ship, but DSV does not wish to reveal just yet which shipping company will operate the route. More than 100,000 A-Class cars will be produced by Valmet Automotive in Finland between 2013 and 2016, and DSV will handle the logistics, which includes transporting components from Continental Europe to Finland. The process involves transporting trailers by train to Travemünde, and by ship from there to the destination in Finland, 250 km North of Helsinki.