Yusen Logistics has opened a branch in Slovenia, anticipating an increase of traffic from the Far East. With the free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union, as well as the growing number of investments by Japanese companies in production capacities in Slovenia and nearby countries, the signs are there that investments will, indeed, intensify.
The founder of the Koper branch is Yusen Logistics Hungary KFT, which is a subsidiary of the Japanese corporation, said Irena Opassi, a representative of the Yusen Logistics, in a comment to daily Delo. YL Hungary includes Budapest BILK terminal, Budapest Airport, Vienna Airport and now the branch in Koper. It employs 150 people, including the current two in Koper. “Hungarians have been successfully cooperating with the Port of Koper for many years, and the decision to open our own branch is only the next step in expanding our offer,” Opassi explained. “In addition to supporting the parent company in its existing operations in the region, we plan to expand our business in the Balkans and support Japanese and other investors in the region," she added.
Yusen Logistics is one of the leading logistics companies in Japan. It has 567 logistics bases in 333 cities around the world, employing 24,000 people. One of the reasons the company decided to establish a direct presence in Koper is because they believe the Port of Koper can be the main entry point for Japan cargo to central and eastern Europe, Delo reports. Nearly half a million tonnes of goods travelled to and from Japan via the port of Koper in 2018. Koper offers shorter travel time for goods as well as competitive services compared to other ports on the Adriatic coast.