Panalpina Japan and YAS: Implementation of new cooperation agreement on track

Aug 3, 2010

The realignment of the successful cooperation between Panalpina Japan and the NYK subsidiary Yusen Air & Sea Service is proceeding according to plan. According to an agreement between the Panalpina Group and the NYK Group, Panalpina Japan will in-source its airfreight export operations this month and the airfreight import operations in early 2011.

Panalpina Japan went operational with its ocean freight operations in late 2009. This year, the company was granted the airfreight consolidator license by the Japanese authorities and can now in-source the airfreight export business. The airfreight import operations will be in-sourced in January 2011. By then, Panalpina expects to be fully operational as a customs broker at its Tokyo-Narita branch, followed by the Osaka-Kansai office by mid 2011.

Yusen Air & Sea Service YAS - Panalpina’s partner in Japan - will continue to provide services in Japan as a subcontractor for Panalpina. In addition, Panalpina will represent the interests of YAS in 22 countries across Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Furthermore, both companies keep on providing dedicated services for the respective partner both internationally and within Japan.

“We look back on a very successful partnership with YAS which commenced in February 2007. Both companies could benefit from each other’s strengths and know-how in the Japanese market as well as globally”, comments Andreas Behnke, Country Manager of Panalpina Japan.

“With the in-sourcing of the ocean freight and air freight operations, Panalpina Japan reacts to the growing customer demand for seamless end-to-end logistics services and at the same time demonstrates its commitment to the Japanese market”, he adds.

Since Panalpina’s establishment in Tokyo in 1969, the company has firmly placed itself as one of the leading foreign-based transport and logistics providers to the Japanese market. As traffic to and from Japan and Asia has been steadily increasing, Panalpina has placed a strong focus on the region and has expanded its organization step by step. “We view a strong presence in the Japanese market as an essential part of our global strategy”, says Andreas Behnke. “The cooperation between Panalpina and YAS has proven very important and successful for both companies”. He also emphasizes that “the hand-over of the operations from YAS to Panalpina is proceeding very smoothly. I would like to thank YAS for its tremendous support, underlining the collaborative spirit of both YAS and the NYK Group!”

NYK Group

NYK Group is one of the world's leading transportation and logistics companies. The NYK Group operates approximately 700 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes, trains, trucks combined with various logistics services. NYK's revenue in fiscal 2005 was $16 billion, and as a group, NYK employs about 48,000 people worldwide. The company has offices in 240 locations in 27 countries, warehouses in every continent, and harbor operations in Asia, North America, and Europe. NYK is based in Tokyo, and has regional headquarters in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo. Further information can be found at

Yusen Air & Sea Service Group

Yusen Air & Service Co., Ltd., with worldwide headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, was established in 1955 as a cargo and travel agency on behalf of international airlines. On February 2005, its` shares were successfully listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Today, as one of the world`s leading air freight forwarders and transportation solutions company, the Company is reinforcing its presence as a total logistics provider - with ocean transportation services, warehousing, customs brokerage and other services to complement the air freight forwarding services through a global network of nearly 225 offices in 33 countries - and plays an integral part in the Yusen Global Logistics network as a member of NYK Group. Further information can be found at

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers' supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. Energy Solutions is a specialized service for the energy and capital projects sector. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 75 countries, and it works with partner companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs 15,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.