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Yamato Holdings to launch refrigerated delivery for France

Japanese courier bets on overseas operations with growth potential

Yamato's refrigerated delivery system in Japan.

TOKYO -- Japanese logistics giant Yamato Holdings will from 2018 start refrigerated parcel delivery service between Japan and France, the first of its kind for Europe.

With Japan and the European Union aiming to sign an economic partnership agreement by the end of the year, Yamato plans to prepare for increased transactions between the two countries.

Yamato's domestic operations have deteriorated due to rising labor costs resulting from a labor shortage and burgeoning parcels boosted by online shopping, for which bulk-quantity discounts are in place. The company wants to expand overseas operations that have growth potential.

Yamato is partnering with Chronopost, France's largest courier, to deliver parcels from Japan to Paris with next-day delivery service at the earliest. Deliveries will be made by Yamato in Japan and by Chronopost in France. Chilled products will be handled using a special container that keeps goods cool to maintain temperatures between 0 C and 10 C.

Orders for single packages will be accepted.

Yamato expects demand in France for Japanese sake, fruit and fish, and cheese and white asparagus from France to Japan. The two companies will sign a contract for exchanging expertise to maintain the quality of refrigerated transport.

Yamato charges 6,050 yen ($54.27) per package for delivery to Singapore. Duties will be levied separately. The company will ensure that parcel delivery costs for France will not significantly deviate from this level.

(Nikkei)

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