May 17, 2020

Yusen Logistics continues Asian expansion with new warehouse in northern Vietnam

Asian logistics
Asian warehousing
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The Yusen Logistics facility is the only multi-purpose warehouse complex in Hai Phong and it will provide support for companies expanding in the region
Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.Yusen Logistics has established a logistics campus on a 100,000 square metre plot in Hai Phongs Dinh Vu In...

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Yusen Logistics has established a logistics campus on a 100,000 square metre plot in Hai Phong’s Dinh Vu Industrial Zone, in northern Vietnam, in line with the company expansion program in South Asia.

The campus comprises a 12,000 square metre warehouse, a 23,870 square metre empty container depot with storage capacity for 3,000 TEUs and a vehicle yard. Yusen Logistics Vietnam’s (YL-VN) former Hai Phong Port offices have been relocated to the campus, bringing together Customs clearance, freight forwarding and sales functions into a single location, enabling YL-VN to provide comprehensive one-stop supply chain solutions.
Hai Phong boasts a plentiful labour force and infrastructure developments such as the industrial complex and a motorway network is being rapidly implemented. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of Japanese corporations involved in electronics, electrical products, automobiles and chemicals expanding into local markets.
Dinh Vu Industrial Zone occupies a key strategic position for international logistics, located adjacent to Hai Phong Port and in close proximity to the Lach Huyen Port development. In order to expand its base in Hai Phong; where demand for logistics is forecast to continue to grow in future, YL-VN has established a new warehouse in the industrial zone.
This new facility offers general warehousing, bonded warehousing and container freight station (CFS) warehousing. The only multi-purpose warehouse in Hai Phong, it can fulfil customers’ wide-ranging logistics requirements including imports of raw materials and parts, shipping of finished goods and buyers consolidation.

At the opening ceremony on 12 November, Yusen Logistics President Hiromitsu Kuramoto spoke of his ambitions for the region. He said: “As we prepare for increased economic integration with ASEAN, the establishment of a global logistics network that exceeds national borders will become necessary.

“It is our intention, through the expansion of our business, to contribute to the economic development of Hai Phong City.”

Makoto Minoda, General Director of YL-VN, added: “After Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, we have chosen Hai Phong as our third logistics base. We established this facility to enable us to provide high-quality services that fulfil our customers’ requirements.”

There is space to park 100 trucks and the warehouse will provide a range of collection and delivery services, such as the transportation of containers arriving at and departing Hai Phong Port. The on-site empty container depot is equipped with cleaning and maintenance facilities, ensuring that YL-VN can provide its customers with high-quality containers. 

Yusen Logistics (Vietnam) was established in 2004 and therefore this year marks its tenth anniversary. The opening of its new warehouse in Hai Phong; a city undergoing continued economic growth, will improve the quality of its total logistics services, so enabling it to better meet the needs of its customers.

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Jun 9, 2021

Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

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US government lays out plans for supply chain transformation following results of the supply chain review ordered by President Biden in February

The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration. 

The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing. 

“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said. 

In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”. 

In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips. 

Support domestic production of critical medicines


  • A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”. 
  • The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.

Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries


  • The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”. 
  • The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”. 

Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals


  • An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”. 
  • The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.

Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages


  • The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing. 
  • Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”. 

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