The new domestic logistics service by Nippon Express is aimed at enhancing halal logistics services in Japan to cater to the growing needs of Muslim consumers in the country.
Nippon Express, one of the largest logistics companies in Japan, has expanded its domestic halal logistics services in the country with the start of a new halal-certified domestic air cargo transport service on Monday, March 8, 2021. The purpose of the service is to support the growing Muslim population in the country.
As of 2021, Japan’s Muslim population numbers about 200,000. Due to the immigration-friendly policies adopted by the Japanese government, the population is set to steadily increase in the coming years. Also, with an increase in foreign visitors/residents from a diversity of cultural backgrounds anticipated in the coming years, demand for halal products in Japan is expected to rise. High certification standards for quality assurance and hygiene control have also expanded interest in halal products among health and safety-conscious non-Muslim consumers as well.
In 2014, Nippon Express became the first Japanese company to obtain halal logistics certification in Malaysia. It has been developing global halal logistics services since then. After obtaining its first halal certification for warehousing in Japan in 2016, the company introduced halal-only roll boxes for consolidated transport of small-lot cargo amounting to less than a full truckload as well as halal-only rail containers for large-lot cargo into its warehouse-based transport services as it expanded its handling of halal products.
By incorporating halal logistics system-certified work procedures into its “Express Hi-Speed” domestic air cargo transport product, the Company has created a rapid halal transport service capable of handling shipments as small as a single cardboard box.
With interest in halal products growing in Japan, Nippon Express has been constructing a halal logistics service network to support customers’ supply chain and provide safety and peace of mind to Muslim and health-conscious customers in the country and around the world.
The highlights of “Express Hi-Speed” halal transport are as follows.
- Improved visibility for halal products (special labels affixed on cargo)
- Halal education for employees engaged in operations
- Delivery modes tailored to specific needs
(nationwide next-day delivery service, specified delivery time service, charter delivery service)
- Easy-to-use product design
(packaged fees (by region/weight), multiple-item shipments, business office stop-off service)