Naha Port Council has business model project to export used cars abroad

Naha Port Council has business model project to export used cars abroad

On October 2, in the passenger area of Naha Wharf, council members discussed the future of the logistics business model.

October 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of an ongoing business model project, the Naha Port Authority will start a pilot program to export used cars to Africa. The project has been carried out previously with Taiwan in order to establish a logistics business model.

On October 2, 2012 the council held its first meeting of the year in the passenger area of Naha Wharf.

The Naha Port Authority already exports less-than-container load cargos to Hong Kong and Taiwan. In fiscal 2011, cargo was sent using containers to Taiwan, but for this new project in fiscal 2012 they will evaluate potential freight routes from Okinawa to South-East Asia and Africa and ways to find car dealers in South-East Asia and Africa.

At the end of this month, mail-order company for automotive parts WorldWide & Company Pte. Ltd. will set up a limited liability company called Bankoku-shinryo-kai which will export used cars from Okinawa through a base of operations in Dubai. The company will then extend its exports to other countries in regions such as South-East Asia and Africa where there is a need for used cars.

During their first meeting of 2012, project staff announced that they have managed to cut transportation costs, but for the business model to be viable, shipments have to be increased and the transportation time must be reduced.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey

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