Yusen Logistics adds direct LCL service from China to Japan

Yusen Logistics announced that it has launched a direct Less than Container Load (LCL) own consolidation service from Nansha in Guangzhou, China, to Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan.

Previously, ocean freight from the Guangzhou area was first sent to Hong Kong by feeder ships, loaded on to primary transportation vessels, and then shipped to Japan; generating a lead time of approximately 15 days. With the new service, freight is loaded at Nansha Container Freight Station, and then shipped directly to Japan; significantly shortening lead time to approximately ten days. This has further reduced the potential for cargo damage since reloading is no longer required, improving transportation quality.

The service has been launched in response to the increasing demand for high-frequency, small-lot transportation – primarily driven by the growth of the automotive parts industry. Previously, LCL freight from the Guangzhou area was subject to co-loading; now, with the introduction of its own direct consolidation service, Yusen Logistics operates four lanes from China to Japan, including, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and now Guangzhou.

Yusen Logistics states that is planning to increase both the number and scope of its services, particularly between Nansha and Thailand which it has identified as a growing trade lane with considerable potential.