Japan’s largest manufacturers have long been using the Port of Koper as an established entry point for their products - in particular cars, electronics and liquid cargos - destined for the markets of Central and Eastern Europe. The new direct container line service further increases the possibilities of collaboration. Thus on 31st May 2012, Luka Koper organised a meeting with existing as well as potential business partners, which was also attended by the representatives of some Slovenian logistics providers. Over fifty clients were present at the so-called Luka Koper Day in Tokyo, and a similar meeting was organised the next day in Osaka.
Cargo throughput attributable to Japan has been increasing year on year, and a total of 120,000 tonnes of cargo was handled in 2011; it is interesting to note that more cargo is exported to rather than imported from Japan. The rapid rise is mainly attributable to container freight (8,000 TEU in 2011) and the new direct container line linking Tokyo and Osaka with Koper, which was established in early May is anticipated to further increase cargo throughput. A number of the great names of Japanese industry - such as Mitsubishi, Toyota, Honda, Suzuki andSony - who are already present in Koper, provide good references in Luka Koper’s search for new clients.
Luka Koper’s mission is also to bring together logistics operators who can come together to establish new integrated logistics solutions which are of benefit to their clients. This is the reason why Luka Koper always invites Slovenian logistics providers - including forwarding agents, railways operators and representatives of other Slovenian companies - to its Port Day events such as these in Japan. The event in Tokyo was organised with the participation of Slovenia’s Ambassador to Japan, Helena Drnovšek Zorko.