Straddling northwestern edge of the Pacific Ocean, Japan is an archipelago consisting of over 14,000 islands. With a coastline spanning 29,750 km and boasting the world’s 8th largest Exclusive Economic Zone, Japan has cultivated centuries of maritime prowess. This has propelled the country to become the world’s 4th largest economy, 4th largest importer, and 6th largest exporter.

The ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ is positioned at the forefront of trans-Pacific trade routes, serving as a vital hub in East Asia. Over 99% of Japan’s foreign trade is conducted through maritime shipping. The country’s 22 special-purpose main ports, along with 106 additional major ports, acts as key drivers of the Japanese economy. In 2021, Japanese ports handled a combined 22.2 million TEUs, reflecting a 3% Y/Y increase and an 8% increase over the last decade.

Century’s local network in Japan holds the distinction of being the first and oldest in our network, with operations established 55 years ago upon Century’s inception in Tokyo in 1969. Our Tokyo office provides oversight, and our four AEO Certified warehouses which offer dedicated space for Century customers close to the major ports of Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama.

Want to know more about Japan’s highly developed logistical? Download your copy of  the Japan Country Spotlight!

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