The decision will see 22 trucks replaced on the one-way route, which covers more than 1,000km.
The move follows a trial in September, in which Glovis made use of existing trains running between Hyundai’s factories in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Koper.
“This re-engineering process is a logical consequence of combining customers’ needs with our available transport capacity, resulting in eco-friendly transport solutions,” said Frank Schnelle, general manager of Glovis.
Glovis subsidiary, Adampol is responsible for delivering the remaining volume (15%) by truck as “back-up”, according to a spokesperson.
In 2015, the port of Koper handled a record of over 600,000 vehicles across both exports and imports, including the export of vehicles for Mercedes-Benz to the Far East.
In March, Glovis announced that it had begun using a short-sea route from Slovenia to Spain for the export of vehicles made at Hyundai-Kia’s production plants in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Previously the logistics provider moved the volumes, which add up to 50,000 vehicles a year, over land.