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Logistics company builds trade links across the region

Discovery Reports

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 2:44pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 4:35pm

Full-service logistics provider Tradia offers innovation for the customer. Having served the challenging supply chain demands of leading Japanese trading houses, Tradia is investing in its domestic and overseas capabilities. One of its most recent investments was an inland domestic storage facility completed in July, which can withstand the worst of natural disasters.

"We have been expanding our internal logistics services around ports and transporting, warehousing and international forwarding services," says president Yasuo Suzuki.

As Japan's first authorised customs broker under the Authorised Economic Operator programme, Tradia also works as a warehouse operator and covers the entire process of foreign trade from loading to inspection and distribution.

With more than 71 years' experience, Tradia has a strong physical presence in Japan's main ports - Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo and Yokohama. Tradia has become a natural choice for Japan's domestic majors and also its early movers to overseas markets.

From these major ports, Tradia has carved a wide regional network in Asia reaching India, Thailand, Indonesia, the mainland and Hong Kong to deliver the most cost effective and reliable cargo transport solutions. The company is particularly heralded as the go-to for project cargo.

Tradia formed with Eurasia International a strategic joint venture (JV) named Sea Union International Logistics (SUI) in Hong Kong and Shenzhen in 2008 to combine expertise and guarantee smooth shipments in the cities along the Pearl River Delta. The JV will also establish another office in Xiamen. "SUI is key to inter-Asia network," says Hirofumi Takino, general manager of SUI (Hong Kong).

Tradia is also a JV partner in JC-OM Trax International Logistics in Shanghai together with leading Chinese and Indian partners. The JV aims to better respond to the growing domestic and cross border logistics needs originating or transshipping via the mainland to markets such as Africa, India and other Asian countries.