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Some 70% of Japan's ground shippers may hike rates: poll

Staff shortage, soaring demand leave companies little choice

Long-haul trucks parked at a truck stop in Kanagawa Prefecture.

TOKYO -- A crippling labor shortage and exploding package volume could end up forcing nearly seven out of 10 Japanese logistics firms to raise shipping rates, a poll by The Nikkei shows.

A survey sent out in late April to 52 logistics companies generated 27 responses from the likes of the delivery units of Japan Post Holdings and Seino Holdings. When it comes to large-volume customers, 12% of shippers said they have already raised rates, starting as far back as January. Another 20% said they are set to raise rates while 36% are considering it. Altogether, that comes to 68%.

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