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Jan 24, 2014

The Incheon-based cargo carrier, Air Incheon (AIH) will venture into the operation of regular cargo flights in the Japan trade route. It will begin operating six flights (Monday-Saturday) between Narita and Incheon per week beginning April 21 (pending government approval). The plan on the services from early June and beyond is that three of the flights per week will be coursed through Kitakyushu, realizing regular cargo flights in the Narita-Kitakyushu-Incheon route. This will then become the first regular cargo flight in that lane for AIH. It has also been preparing to launch regular chartered flights in the Incheon-Qingdao and Yantai routes, although it is still awaiting approval from the authorities. AIH began operating in March last year by offering regular chartered flights at the Haneda and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk lanes. This year, however, it aims to significantly expand its cargo flight network. UTS Air Service (led by its director general, Kwak Seong Ho) is its general service agency in Japan. ...

Jan 24, 2014

Casio Computer Co. (headquarter in Shibuya, Tokyo and headed by its president, Kazuo Kashio) has restructured its sales and logistics system in India following its business expansion in the country. By opening a new warehouse in Chennai in June 2013 and changing the transport routes for South India-bound products, the company successfully shortened the lead time up to the point of sale of its goods. It also managed to slash its transport costs. Casio claims that its moves enabled the company to shorten the lead time by six days from the hitherto lead time and reduce its logistics costs by about Y20 million per annum ...

Jan 23, 2014

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. is now actively moving equipment to the semiconductor factory that it is now building in Xian city in China's Shaanxi province. Construction at the facility began in the middle of 2012 and according to multiple local related sources, equipment and machines have started to be transported prior to China's National Day in October last year. The volume of equipment initially moved to the site was said to exceed 5,000 tons. A local logistics-affiliated source explained that, "The (Xian-bound) machines ...

Jan 22, 2014

The Kitakyushu-based TOTO Ltd., a major manufacturer of sanitary ware, projects that its logistics costs in fiscal 2013 will shrink by about Y2.2 billion compared to fiscal 2009 thanks to the innovations it has been implementing in this segment in line with its long-term management plan. The significant reduction in logistics costs will be attributable to such factors as the reform in its domestic transport system to one in which the goods are delivered to the logistics center without going through the relay terminal, as has been done thus far, from the production factory ...

Jan 15, 2014

The Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO), the antimonopoly agency of Switzerland, on January 10 ordered 11 airline companies to pay a fine totaling CHF 11 million for forming a price cartel on airfreight transport charges, fuel surcharges, U.S. customs clearance charges and other fees in violation of the antimonopoly law.

The airlines that were fined by COMCO are Korean Air Lines, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (for its subsidiary Polar Air Cargo), AMR Corporation (American Airlines), United Continental Holdings, SAS (Scandinavian Airlines), Japan Airlines (JAL), Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Cargolux Airlines International, British Airways and Air France-KLM. Lufthansa Airlines of Germany and its subsidiary...

Jan 10, 2014

Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) announced on January 9 that they have received an advanced notice of reprimand from the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) for their suspected violation of the Antimonopoly Act of Japan in relation to the marine transport of automobiles. According to a source affiliated with the JFTC and some reports, about five companies, including NYK and K Line and foreign operators, have received the advanced notice which is believed to be asking them to pay a total fine of around Y22 billion.

The JFTC will explain the detailed reasons for the reprimand and other matters to the companies in question in the future, with the operators required ...

Jan 9, 2014

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism (MLIT) has appointed Tokyo Port Terminal Co. (TPTC, with capital of Y16,855 million, headed by its president, Yuji Hirano) and Kawasaki Rinko Soko Futo Co. (with capital of Y100 million, headed by its chairman, Kozo Nagano) as special port operating companies under the Ports and Harbors Act of Japan. The decision to designate the two companies came after examination of their application for appointment in September last year. Akihiro Ota, minister of the MLIT, gave the certificate of designation to Hirano and Nagano at his office. With this, the five port companies at the Keihin (Tokyo, Kawasaki and Yokohama) and Hanshin (Kobe and Osaka) regions selected as strategic international container ports will be transformed into special port operating companies that can enjoy enhanced interest-free loans and ...

Jan 8, 2014

Nippon Express Co. (Nittsu) will embark on the full-fledged reinforcement and market expansion of its door-to-door multimodal transport services. The company kicked off and began marketing the NEX SKY-EX as a new brand under its international door-to-door multimodal transport service segment in January this year. The company aims to provide its customers with low-cost and high-quality services by capitalizing on the flexibility of its forwarding prowess that was cultivated through years of experience and consolidating its network of about 300 bases in Japan and around 460 offices overseas. Through the creation of brands and commercialization of its international door-to-door multimodal transport services corresponding to the needs of each shipper, Nittsu will build a system that provides transparent charges and lead times ...

Jan 8, 2014

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) intends to enable the operation international chartered flights on the "unused slots" at the Haneda Airport that might be created in case of failure to finish negotiations with airline carriers in relation to the 30,000-slot (40 flights per day, or 80 times) annual increase in the number of slots that can be utilized for the departure and arrival of international flights in the daytime during the 2014 summer schedule (from March 31) of the airport. To serve as a provisional measure in the summer schedule for 2014 at the airport, the departure/arrival slots (currently standing at nine flights, 18 times a day) that have yet to be allocated will serve as the maximum volume of slots that will be given to such flights. In principle, this will enable the use of the slots for inclusive ...

Dec 12, 2013

In the past several years, as for the air cargo industry, oversupply becomes chronic, and the carrier is taking pains over the fall of a yield. The shift in other transportation modes aiming at cost reduction also continues, and the competitive setting of the career is increasing severity. Swiss international Air Lines (SwissWorld Cargo) is concentrating on high-value-added goods, and aims at continuous growth. The company's share of the sales by special cargo is large, and while a market condition falls, it is continuing growth this year also. Providing high special service, it tows market. Daily Cargo heard analysis of change of a marketing strategy and a market from the company's top of SwissWorld Cargo, Mr. Oliver Evans. ...

Dec 4, 2013

The G6 Alliance, comprising APL Ltd., Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) will kick off partnerships in the North America West Coast and Atlantic trade routes starting the second quarter of 2014. The Group has already fostered partnerships in North Europe, the Mediterranean region and the North America East Coast lane, so the new move will give them team-ups in all major routes in the East-West trades. With this, the total number of ships deployed by the G6 members in all trade routes will reach 240 units and by expanding the scope of their partnerships, they aim to rationalize their services by building the optimum distribution of their flexible fleets, as well as boost cost competitiveness through ship enlargement. Meanwhile ...

Dec 2, 2013

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) announced recently that it will join the Multilateral e-AWB Agreement, representing the first Japanese airline company to make such move. It disclosed that its two domestic bases (Narita and Kansai) and two overseas bases (Singapore and Amsterdam) have expressed their intention to join to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) effective December 29. In line with its drive to promote the shift to electronic data interchange (EDI), NCA aims to boost the service routes that will introduce the e-AWB toward enhanced air transport services and better quality. Foreign capital-funded airlines and forwarders have gone ahead of their Japanese counterparts in taking part in the Multilateral e-AWB Agreement. Now with NCA's disclosure of its participation in the latter, it is expected that other Japanese-affiliated airline companies ...

Nov 28, 2013

According to the figures compiled by the Japan International Freight Forwarders Association (JIFFA), the international multimodal handlings of its member companies in the first half (April-September) of fiscal 2013 totaled 48,009,000 ton in terms of exports and imports combined, up by 2.2% from the same period a year earlier. With this, the JIFFA members renewed the record-high throughput for any half-year period. Amid the softening economic growth in China and the ASEAN region, which has bolstered the global economy thus far, exports dipped by a slight 0.8% from a year earlier to 16,925,000 tons, representing the second consecutive period of decline. On the contrary, imports fared better, breaking the 30 million-ton barrier ...

Nov 26, 2013

Sony Corp. has transferred the headquarters of the Global Shipping Strategy (GSS) unit, which conducts global tenders for cargo transport worldwide, to China's Shanghai City from Tokyo. International bidding has been done at the Sony Supply Chain Solutions (China), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony (China) which handles Sony's local logistics and trading functions, since fiscal 2012. The entire Sony Group currently moves about 92,500 tons of air cargoes and 75,000 FEUs of marine cargoes, but China's presence in its shipments is rather big. "Shipments to/from China possess a significant weight, while Shanghai is home to people knowledgeable about logistics and is near to our production bases. We will decide on the pricing (of transport) and make the necessary adjustments with global traders/suppliers here (in Shanghai) toward the enhancement ...

Nov 20, 2013

Hiroshi Harunari, executive vice-president of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., talked about the current state and future outlook of the company's production/logistics systems in Russia at the country's Kaluga Presentation that was held in the city on November 18. Mitsubishi Motors currently manufactures two vehicles, including an SUV, through PCMA Rus, the assembly plant that it jointly owns with PSA Peugeot Citroen. CKD (complete knockdown) kits are hauled by sea from Japan and Thailand. However, the company is considering using the Trans-Siberia Railway (TSR) in order to shorten the lead time, so it will also conduct trials going forward. Meanwhile, it will engage in the promotion of the localized procurement of parts and materials not only to control the exchange rate fluctuation risks and the rise in costs, but also to continue enjoying tax exemptions ...

Nov 19, 2013

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) talked about its future growth strategies in the logistics business that it carries out through its liner division and affiliated companies at a press briefing that it held recently. The MOL Group has thus far offered unique and strong services in this field, building their strengths in each segment. In the future, however, the position of logistics as an area of growth will be further clarified and partnerships within the Group will be reinforced in a bid to expand business scale. At present, there are eight themes per region and industry, with collaborations fostered per project, centering on the liner division. With this, MOL intends to boost sales in the logistics division to as high as Y150 billion three years from now, or in fiscal 2016, from the current level of approximately ...

Nov 15, 2013

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism (MLIT) will inject adjustments and deliberate on the ideal state of the utilization of the "slots for official airplanes and other aircrafts" at the Haneda Airport. Against the backdrop of the reinforcement of the functions of airports in the capital sphere and the transfer of the flight inspection equipment base to the Chubu International Airport from Haneda Airport at the end of fiscal 2014, the ministry will discuss how the slots for official planes and other aircrafts ought to be put to use. The transfer of the flight inspection equipment base is envisioned to bolster the flexibility of the use of the official plane slots. With this, the promotion of the utilization of business jets, for instance ...

Nov 8, 2013

DHL Supply Chain announced on November 7 that it has put up Japan Global Distribution Center (JGDC), its new global logistics base for the electronic part manufacturer ON Semiconductor Corp. (headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona), outside of Narita Airport. The company used to cope with ON Semiconductor's shipments in Japan through its facilities at Narita and Gunma Pref. The facilities at both bases had a combined area of about 280 sqm, but the JGDC is more than 10 times bigger than such bases at approximately 3,350 sqm. The new facility will be operated as a local hub for consolidating and distributing domestic and imported ...

Nov 5, 2013

The New Kansai International Airport Co. (NKIAC) acquired approximately 67.7% of the issued shares of Osaka International Airport Terminal Co. (OAT) on October 31. The company will continue to get hold of the remaining shares of the latter in stages going forward, expecting to secure all shares in OAT within this year at the earliest or within next fiscal year at the latest. The shares were bought at the per-unit price of Y11,593, aggregating to about Y18.8 billion. NKIAC aims to boost the functions at the Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport (Itami) by integrating the control and operation of the airport and commercial businesses in both facilities ...

Nov 5, 2013

The basic bill on transport policies has been approved by the Cabinet and submitted to the Diet last November 1. The bill stipulates the fundamental principles related to transportation, including the reinforcement of the basic needs of citizens in relation to transportation, the realization and enhancement of transport functions, and the reduction of load to the environment caused by transportation. It also calls for the formation of an international marine transport network and an international air transport network, the reinforcement of the connection of nationwide domestic transport networks and the implementation of the necessary measures in order to boost the comprehensive international competitiveness of Japan's industries and tourism ...

Nov 1, 2013

Japan's three largest operators (Japan's Big 3, comprising Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Mitsui OSK Lines and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha) project deficits in their liner business for the entirety of fiscal 2013 ending March next year. They managed to keep their surplus forecasts as of August, but all three companies, except Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), failed to reach their projections and plunged to a deficit in the first half of the year, and are now expecting their business results in the second half of fiscal 2013 to deteriorate by a much bigger scale than initially projected. The projected drop in earnings is largely attributable to the wide-margin decline in freight rates in the Asia-Europe trade route. The cargo traffic has entered the low season in October and ...

Nov 1, 2013

Japan Post Co., Ltd. on October 30 held the opening ceremony of JAPAN POST International Logistics Co., Ltd., its wholly-owned local subsidiary in Shanghai, China. As Japan Post's first overseas local subsidiary, Japan Post International will offer a wide range of services, including international forwarding between Japan and China, customs clearance and domestic storage/distribution, as well as import and export/clearance/insurance representation, test marketing and product PR planning. The new company will operate in partnership with the local ...

Oct 31, 2013

ANA Holdings on October 30 set the direction of its targets under the ANA Group's business strategies for the next fiscal year. The said strategies are due to be turned into concrete plans by the end of January next year. In the cargo business, ANA Holdings will develop ANA Cargo, the cargo company that was put up in October, toward turning it into a core business alongside the passenger business. The company also aims to swing back to the black in terms of balance of payments early on by boosting its network and raising the operation rate of its machines. The strategies also incorporate the move to deepen relations with airline and logistics companies such as Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), Lufthansa Cargo (LCAG) and Yamato Holdings. ...

Oct 30, 2013

Campbell Wilson, CEO of Scoot Pte Ltd. (SCO), a low-cost carrier (LCC) based in Singapore, held a press briefing in Tokyo last October 28 to talk about the company's business overview and plans. The conference was also held to commemorate the first anniversary of the Narita-Taipei-Singapore route on October 29. SCO is scheduled to take in a total of 20 B787 aircrafts between the fourth quarter of next year until 2018 (comprising 10 units each of the Dash-8 and Dash-9 models), thereby becoming the first LCC to own B787 planes. In this ...

Oct 28, 2013

The Nagoya-based printer/complex machine manufacturing giant Brother Industries is stepping up the reinforcement of its international logistics system in conjunction with the expansion of its production scale and sales in emerging economies. It has put up new factories in Vietnam, the Philippines and other countries in Asia in a bid to decentralize its production bases, but it is boosting sales not only in Asia, but also in the emerging markets of the Middle East, Africa and South America. Amid the increasingly complex structure of international logistics, it has becoming a pressing matter for Brother to build a logistics system that possesses cost competitiveness and quality that can support the expansion of its businesses in the future. Katsuhiko Takeda, director and head of the logistics division ...

Oct 25, 2013

Canon Inc. will advance the reduction of its part inventory and transport inventory (in-transit products/arts) worldwide in a bid to realize the target of a major pillar in its logistics strategies - to slash logistics costs and transport time. The company has been modifying its sales/logistics strategies, which call for not holding the conventional amount inventories, since 2011 and has shifted to a system where large volumes of product inventories are placed on the side of the distributors. With this, its utilization of air transport has significantly dropped, leading to lower logistics costs. In the future, the company will hold a certain volume of sales inventory, but intends to shorten transport time by further reducing part/transport inventory. Further, it will review the transport routes ...

Oct 23, 2013

According to the figures compiled by the Japan Aircargo Forwarders Association (JAFA), the volume of ex-Japan airborne export consolidation in September this year jumped 0.5% from the same month a year earlier to 250,128 cases, but dropped 5.1% in terms of weight to 72,023 tons. September marks the 19th consecutive month of year-on-year declines in total cargo weight. In August, the cargo weight sustained a double-digit plunge of 10.3% to 68,132 tons, so the margin of reduction has contracted in September. The TC2 region (Europe, Middle/Near East and Africa) continued to post year-on-year surge, while the TC1 segment (U.S.) reverted to an upward trend. Further, shares of the five major operators (comprising Nippon Express, Yusen Logistics, Kintetsu Express, Hankyu Hanshin Express and NNR Global Logistics = Nishitetsu) in terms of ...

Oct 22, 2013

The world conference of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), which was held in Singapore, drew to a close on October 19. At the ordinary general meeting that was convened on the final day of the event, the current president of the organization, Stanley Lim, stepped down, with Francesco Parisi, the current senior vice-president, to take over the vacated post. Further, the Japan International Freight Forwarders Association (JIFFA) has been officially approved as a member of the FIATA, making it the third Japanese group to get into the latter, following the Japan Freight Forwarders Federation (JFFF) and the Japan Aircargo Forwarders Association (JAFA). ...

Oct 21, 2013

The service overview of the P3 network that is scheduled to start in the second quarter of next year has been released, disclosed yesterday by the Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC). With this new network, the services of Maersk Line, MSC and CMA-CGM that call at Japanese ports in the North America and Europe trade routes will be kept and the transit times (T/T) to major shipping networks will be improved, while the ships deployed to some services are set to be enlarged. However, nothing has been decided on the type of ships that will be deployed to the Mediterranean and Atlantic trade routes, so it is possible that changes will still surface ...

Oct 21, 2013

American Airlines (AAL) announced on October 16 that it will discontinue its Haneda-New York/JFK service effective December 1 this year, ending its operations at Haneda. International long-distance flights at Haneda are limited to the late night-to-early morning zone (10:00PM-6:00AM, including the relay time) and AAL finds it hard to continue its commercial operations at the said airport. As a result, it has decided to discontinue the above service route, which was launched in February 2011, and terminate its operations in the area. It did not disclose if it plans to keep or give up its landing slots at the airport. Meanwhile, it will continue to run ...

Oct 17, 2013

The Air Cargo & Logistics Asia 2013 (ACLA 2013), the biennial conference and exhibit of the air and logistics sector, was held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on October 16. Hiroshi Etani, president of Rakuten Logistics, took the rostrum at the start of the conference to deliver a keynote speech, discussing in detail the activities being mounted by his company. He claimed that the creation of an eco-logistics platform would be the clincher in advancing the B-to-B-to-C type of e-commerce in the market. The conference and exhibition was held until October 18 ...

Oct 11, 2013

It has been discovered that about 50 companies have given up their qualifications under the Known Shipper/Regulated Agent (KS/RA) system that aims to secure airborne cargoes, which is being enforced on cargoes loaded in passenger flights bound for the U.S., accounting for about 10% of the known shippers (KS) in the system. It seems that the Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism (MLIT), which has jurisdiction over the system, asked the KS under the system to refortify the security systems at their plants and other facilities that handle air cargoes by the end of September and these ...

Oct 9, 2013

Yoshiharu Ueki, president of Japan Airlines, and Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus, held a joint press briefing on October 7 in light of the decision by the former to introduce A350 aircrafts to serve as the successors of the airline's B777 planes. Ueki claimed that the new aircrafts will be rolled out to JAL's fleet in/after 2019, adding that, "We took a comprehensive account of the performance of the aircraft, including its safety, as well as the quality of its materials, its high economic efficiency, the comfort of our customers and the global environment, among other things." Meanwhile, Bregier considered the new deal as a sign of a breakthrough into the Japanese market that had been ...

Oct 9, 2013

The Tax Bureau/Customs of Japan's Ministry of Finance will accept electronic data of customs clearance-related documents beginning October 13. Aside from invoices and bill of lading/air consignment notes that are required for cargoes that fall under Class 2 (document screening) and Class 3 (cargo inspection) in the Import/Export Declaration, the Tax Bureau/Customs will, on or after the said date, be able to accept certificates of origin, legal permits/approvals and other necessary documents in electronic format in principle, including Word, Excel and PDF formats. The customs clearance-related entities will not have to bring the hard copies of the required documents to the customs authorities anymore, leading to a reduction ...

Oct 7, 2013

India's major logistics provider Allcargo Logistics announced on October 1 that it has acquired the U.S.-based marine consolidation firm Econocaribe Consolidators through its subsidiary ECU Line for about $50 million. Econocaribe has been the representative of ECU in the U.S. for a long period of time now. ECU already has a strong presence in the European and Asian markets, but by welcoming Econocaribe into its Group, it will foster closer partnership and reinforce its activities in the North American market.
Established in 1968, Econocaribe is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has nine offices in the U.S. and 22 container freight stations (CFS) in the U.S. and Canada. As an American non-vessel operating common ...

Oct 3, 2013

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently held the 18th session of the Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers (DSC18), where the proposed amendment on the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) was adopted, thereby making it mandatory for shippers to inspect the weight of their containers prior to loading on ships. The proposed new regulation on the verification of the gross weight of containers has long been pushed for adoption by the World Shipping Council (WSC) and multiple other shipping groups and with its adoption by the sub-committee, it will now be submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) for deliberation. But the shippers' groups are strongly ...

Oct 2, 2013

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (AFL) disclosed recently that it has terminated the operation all its cargo flights starting July this year. The company leases and owns three MD11F aircrafts, but all such planes have been grounded since July 16. It decided to stop its air cargo services as the MD11F aircrafts run up higher operational costs than the other aircrafts in the market, the transport demand in the air freight market has been mired in a slumped state and the freight rates are hovering in the lower levels. According to a related source, this cessation of operation does not necessarily mean the company has already withdrawn from the cargo business at this point in time as it still plans to study if it would resume its cargo business or pull out of it altogether ...

Oct 1, 2013

The Chinese government has officially established the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Shanghai City on September 29. As reported earlier (dated September 20), trade and finance services will be liberalized in four bonded areas in the region, comprising the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Bonded Zone, Waigaoqiao Logistics Park, Pudong Airport Bonded Zone and Yangshan Bonded Port Area. According to the 'General Plan for the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone' (Guofa [2013] 38) that was released on September 27, the next three years will be positioned as the pilot period of reform toward the deregulation of 18 types of services for foreign companies, including ...

Sept 9, 2013

The Hanoi-headquartered Hankyu Hanshin Express (Vietnam) (led by its president, Osamu Moriyama), the Vietnamese subsidiary of Hankyu Hanshin Express Co., opened a new office (Photo) at Dong Nai province at the outskirts of the southern Ho Chi Minh city on September 9. Located in an office building at the province's Amata Industrial Park, the new office has been positioned as its foothold for marketing activities targeting Japanese-affiliated companies that have forayed into the areas near the city. In addition to the reinforcement of its services to existing customers, it will also strengthen its moves to capture new projects involving air and marine cargoes, centering on automotive companies. With the opening of the Dong Nai office, Hankyu Hanshin will now have a total of 100 company-owned bases...

Sept 9, 2013

Spring Airlines Japan, the Japanese subsidiary of the Chinese low-cost carrier China Spring Airlines (CQH), filed an application with Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) on September 5 seeking permission to operate flights in the Narita-Takamatsu, Narita-Hiroshima and Narita-Saga routes by the end of May 2013 with two flights per day. The company will deploy a Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the flights. At the press briefing held on the same day, Wang Wei , chairman (Right person in the photo), Hiroshi Ugai, president(Center person) , and Minoru Uchida...

Sept 6, 2013

Yamato Transport Co. (with headquarters in Tokyo's Chuo-ku and under its president, Masaki Yamauchi), a subsidiary of Yamato Holdings Co., announced on September 5 that it will begin offering "International Cool TA-Q-BIN", a new small-lot cold transport service to overseas destinations, starting with cargoes to Hong Kong on October 28. The company will haul cargoes under constant temperature to their final destinations in Hong Kong from the nationwide bases in Japan with the use of two temperature zones, comprising the refrigerated (2-10 degrees C) and frozen (up to minus 15 degrees C) temperature systems. The cargoes will be hauled by air to the Hong Kong International Airport from ...

Sept 4, 2013

TContainerized cargo traffic in the Japan-Asia trade route in July this year enjoyed firm growth, ballooning to 361,000 TEUs for the major operators in the lane, up 5.9% from the same period a year earlier. Broken down, exports from Japan jumped 7.7% to 168,000 TEUs, while imports to Japan from various Asian countries surged 4.4% to 193,000 TEUs. With regard to exports, shipments to Vietnam manifested a sharp rise, while those to China, where the export volume is large, and the Philippines posted double-digit increases. As for imports, shipments from the Southeast Asian ...

Sept 3, 2013

Senshukai Co. (headquartered in Kita-ku, Osaka), a major Japanese mail-order company that runs Belle Maison, has begun to consolidate late August its overseas inventories to the large-size logistics warehouse that was newly erected at the hinterlands of Pusan New Port. With bonded warehouses in seven locations in China and Southeast Asia, the company used to import products manufactured overseas to its domestic centers and then sell them in the local market. However, it will consolidate the entire inventory management functions of its overseas sites to the new warehouse of Nippon Express (Nittsu) under the first stage of Phase 1 of the recently launched Woongdong logistics park by around the turn of the year. In conjunction with this, it will significantly organize its domestic stocks, too, in order to contract by about half the warehouse area that it uses around the Chubu...

Sept 3, 2013

Orders for ultra-large containerships with capacities exceeding 10,000 TEUs are on the rise again. South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has bagged orders for five 18,000-TEU containerships, plus another one on option, and five 14,000-TEU units, plus another six on option, from the Middle Eastern operator United Arab Shipping Co. (UASC). Meanwhile, another South Korean shipyard, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), has entered into a deal to construct three 18,000-TEU containerships for an Asian owner. Orders for jumbo containerships, including the units on option, that have surfaced so far...

Sept 3, 2013

Chang-soo Jung (Photo), who assumed the position of president and CEO at Incheon International Airport Corp. (IIAC) in June, recently talked about such matters as his aspirations for his term.

*What are your aspirations for your term as CEO?
Jung: I am happy to have been given the chance to work for Incheon Airport, which is a major gateway to South Korea. I have a deep connection with Incheon Airport, spanning back to my days at the Ministry of Land, Transportation and Maritime Affairs. From the day that it opened in 2001, up to the announcement of the fundamental plan for the third wave of expansion at the airport...

Jul 30, 2013

Japan Airlines will soon begin to offer its new products/services for hauling cargoes - J TEMP° and J EXPRESS. The J TEMP° service will cater to pharmaceutical products, chemicals and perishable goods, offering a designated fee/pricing system and various tools such as specialized covers that control the sudden changes in temperature caused by the radiant heat from the sun. Meanwhile, the J EXPRESS will be a service that meets the transport requirements of customers, including the cargo ...

Aug 30, 2013

The All-Nippon Airways (ANA) Group announced on August 27 that it has entered into a basic agreement with Myanmar's private airline company Asian Wings Airways Limited (AWA) in relation to capital alliance.
The above deal marks the first time that a foreign airline will invest in a private airline company in Myanmar. Under the agreement, ANA will invest approximately Y2.5 billion to acquire a 49% stake in AWA.
Established in January 2011, AWA is an airline with a capital of about Y207 million. Its annual sales stand at around Y1,747 million. It has a workforce made up around 350 employees. It owns two ATR72 planes and an A321 aircraft, currently operating routes in 13 cities within Myanmar. The company plans to foray into...

Aug 28, 2013

Hideo Hanaoka (Photo), executive officer and director of Nippon Express (Nittsu) who is also in charge of the Marine Transport Business Division and Fine Arts Business Division, held a press briefing at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on August 26, where he talked about such matters as the key policies and measures in the future of the Marine Transport Business Division. "We will further boost the business of import/export forwarding, which is our core competence," he said, indicating that Nittsu is targeting more than 500,000 TEUs worth of NVOCC throughput...

Aug 26, 2013

Sankyu, Inc. and Meiko Trans Co. will further deepen their partnership. The two companies have long been engaged in the promotion of compatibility in their domestic/overseas networks and compliance with BCP, but have recently developed a joint product for marine cargo consolidations to Taicang port from the major domestic ports. The new service will kick off this week. The marine consolidation market has been faced with intensifying competition, but the duo think that the creation of a consortium and alliance such as those among operators is needed in the world of NVOCCs...

Aug 23, 2013

Furuno Electric Co. will computerize the import/export documents in its main marine equipment business within this year. In conjunction with the full-fledged rollout of the ERP, the company has already digitized the trade documents related to exports in March this year and plans to further expand the scope of such computerization to include documents associated with imports in the future. With this, Furuno aims to enhance the effectiveness of its document generation/storage operations, as well as centralize the management of all trade/logistics-related information through electronic data in order to boost the quality of its services...

Aug 21, 2013

AirAsia Japan announced on August 20 that it will be rebranded to Vanilla Air starting November this year. Operation as AirAsia will go on until October 26, with flights under the Vanilla Air brand to kick off in late-December. Based in Narita Airport, the airline will place heavy emphasis on international flights, gearing to offer flights to resorts and pleasure destinations. It will begin operating with two A320 aircrafts, but it intends to boost its fleet to five units within fiscal 2013 and then to eight and 10 units in fiscals 2014 and 2015, respectively. At the press briefing held on August 20, the airline's president, Tomonori Ishii (Photo), said that they also intend to expand revenues from incidental businesses, but are not thinking of engage in cargo transport.
In light of the breakdown of the merger with AirAsia in late-June this year...

Aug 14, 2013

Japan Freight Railway Co. (JR Freight, led by its president, Shuji Tamura) is reinforcing its activities in the field of international logistics. In the Sea & Rail Service (S&R) that consistently uses 12-foot rail containers at sea and on trains, the company will partner with operators and marine forwarders toward the reinforcement of marketing activities in a bid to stimulate the needs of customers. It also aims to address the positioning demand of operators in relation to ISO marine containers. The S&R and ISO container services have been suffering from a gradual decline since the Lehman...

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