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Strategic International Container Port "Hanshin Port"

Definition of Strategic International Container Port
Concerns about Conversion into Feeder Ports

The ports in Japan will function only as feeder ports for the transshipment of cargo to foreign ports, such as Busan, if the international competitiveness and functions of the ports in Japan should become relatively inferior to those of other Asian ports that are making remarkable progress. As a result, the logistics system of Japan will become dependent on other countries, and a reduction of the international competitiveness of Japanese industries will be feared along with the unstable condition of Japanese companies' supply systems loss of employment due to the outflow of businesses to other countries.

The concern about convension into feeder ports

Mission of Strategic International Container Port (Hanshin Port)

While economic globalization is making progress, it is indispensable to strengthen the international competitiveness of Japanese ports as a measure to prevent the degradation of the international competitiveness of Japanese industries and outflow of businesses.In view of the circumstance, Japanese government decided to make further improvements in the centralization of selected container ports and reinforce the international competitiveness of the container ports. Accordingly, the Ports of Osaka and Kobe as sections of Hanshin Port along with Keihin Port have been selected as Strategic International Container Ports since August 6, 2010.

Two key regions strategic ports need

Vision of Hanshin Port

  • Upgrading its functions as a gateway port supporting industries and international logistics of Western Japan (Maintain and / or increase the port call of ships on major routes).
  • Rebuilding functions as a domestic hub port by providing port services competitive enough with major ports in East Asia.
  • Serving as an international hub port in East Asia by trading a large volume of cargo that helps attract ships on major routes.

Target handling amount of foreign trade container cargo

Major strategies of Hanshin Port

The Hanshin Port is collaborating with the national government to reinforce cargo collection functions by carrying out various measures that can contribute to providing high level logistics services to the users of Hanshin Port. More specifically, to enhance the convenience and safety of container terminals, measures such as renovating facilities, fulfilling the coastal feeder network, creating cargo shipments through the promotion of local industries, and strengthening port facilities to maintain competitiveness are taking place.

Three major strategies of Hanshin port
Three major strategies of Hanshin port

Specific Efforts of Hanshin Port

The projects have been implemented by Kobe-Osaka International Port Corporation using subsidies from the Government of Japan (i.e. subsidies for projects to implement measures for enhancing competitiveness as international strategic port).
Hanshin Port has been working on projects (e.g. projects to attract cargoes including land transport) as cargo collection measures. The main projects are outlined below.

Overview of FY2017 Subsidy Systems
* For more information, visit the website of the Kobe-Osaka International Port Corporation

Overview of FY2013 subsidy systems

Toward Construction of Inland Port

The Hanshin Port is reviewing an existing land transportation system for maritime container logistics, and constructing an inland port as a collection base of container cargo and working on the reinforcement of its cargo collection functions in order to reduce the logistics costs of shippers and improve the efficiency of logistics. As a first step, the "Hanshin Inland Container Depot Shiga Minakuchi(ICD)" has been established in Shiga Prefecture to support the round use of empty containers.


Round use of containers with the ICD utilized