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Shuhei Togo, president.

MOL Logistics upholds global movements with robust local connections

  • MOL Logistics serves air and sea forwarding, land cargo transport services, and compound logistics services that combine these individual services
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Challenging times call for companies that are adequately large to serve any type of need yet agile enough to deliver tailored services. As the designated logistics arm of leading international shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) Group, MOL Logistics (Japan) leverages its robust overseas network and the resources of the entire group to provide contract logistics services that fit its customers’ needs.

With 126 owned offices in 26 countries and 182 agencies in 51 countries, MOL Logistics serves air and sea forwarding, land cargo transport services, and compound logistics services that combine these individual services. Renowned within the fields of automotive, chemical and electronics manufacturing including trading firms and international warehouses, MOL Logistics continues to pursue growth by developing highly specialised logistics management solutions.

“Customers trust us, and our network abroad is unparalleled,” says Shuhei Togo, president of MOL Logistics. “Our offering is without equal because we are not a standardised service like the others. We offer customised services. This is what we do in Japan, and it is something we try to extend to clients overseas.”

The company has been an expert in international air freight since its foundation in 1960. It supports every phase of the supply chain, from cargo collection to delivery to the customers’ premises. Today, it specialises in helicopter transport, and carrying aircraft parts and sensitive components – a capability that is attractive to the semiconductor industry. This led to its agreement with Sinotrans, China’s largest logistics integrator, to manage the movement of semiconductor machinery from Japan into China. Early last year, the company also started to implement a new service, shipping steel coil safely in containers via sea freight.

“MOL Group studied this transport mode for almost three years to ensure the safe movement of special materials on water,” Togo says.

MOL Logistics is bolstering its network by building partnerships. Following its joint ventures in Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar, MOL Logistics formed a collaboration with long-time partner Menzell Döhle in Germany to boost their sea freight businesses. The company continues to seek similar cooperations.

“There are many large logistics companies and the industry is very competitive, so we focused on nurturing partnerships and acquiring joint ventures to expand our logistics business,” Togo says. “In particular, we want to launch our business with local partners in the Indian Ocean area covering India, the Middle East and East Africa. Constantly developing connections and networks, we work locally, but we carry globally.”