Port of NagoyaGreater Nagoya maintains a superb port system that serves as a gateway to Japan and the rest of the world. The Port of Nagoya ranks No. 1 in export shipping, both in volume and value. In addition, the Port of Mikawa is well-known for handling automobiles, and the Port of Yokkaichi is active in trade with China and Southeast Asia.

In July 2003, the ports of Nagoya and Yokkaichi were designated ‘Super Hub Ports’ by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. The national ‘Super Hub Port’ program is designed to reduce costs and improve services in Japan’s container trade. Its goals include reducing harbor fees by 30 percent and slashing lead times from three or four days to one. By providing cheaper and faster services, the ports of Nagoya and Yokkaichi will become ever-more convenient.

Port of Nagoya

  • Ties 39 nations and 147 ports throughout the world
  • Handles Japan’s largest cargo amount at 17.2 million tons, and is Japan’s biggest export port, handling ¥10.3 trillion in trade per year
  • Covers 120 square kilometers and its harbor areas amount to 41 square kilometers
  • Japan’s second-busiest port, handling 43,000 ships plying international and domestic routes
  • Connects directly to the Isewan Expressway, making for smooth transition to land transport
  • Boasts a containership berth with 16-meter depth to handle today’s high-capacity vessels
  • Having been designated a ‘Super Hub Port’ by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, the Port of Nagoya is strengthening terminal functions, redeveloping the Tobishima Pier, working to support clusters of high-level distribution functions, and maintain and expand trunk routes

Port of Yokkaichi

  • Maintains a distribution network to China, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and other countries, consisting of 14 services in 11 liner routes
  • Speedy efficient operations with two berths and four gantry cranes (one over-Panamax)
  • New Kita Pier, opened in 2005, offers 14-meter draft and can handle vessels to 330 meters LOA (length overall) and 5,300 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit)
  • 90% of Mie prefecture’s population live within a two-hour drive from the Port of Yokkaichi, and 97% of the prefecture’s manufactured goods are produced in that area (based on industrial shipments)
  • Current programs aim to strengthen Chinese routes and reopen the North American route

Port of Mikawa

  • Handles 2.2 million tons per year, of which 73% are automobiles. No.1 in import and export of automobiles since 1996. (No.1 in imports of automobiles in both number and value since 1993)
  • Trade amounted to 2.62 trillion in (2003). Automobiles accounted for 80.1% of imports and 97.0% of exports
  • Domestic automakers began exporting from Mikawa in 1975, and since 1991, overseas automakers, especially from Europe, have used Mikawa as a distribution point for their imports
  • Serves Toyota, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, and other domestic automakers, as well as Volkswagen, General Motors, Land Rover, Ford, Volvo, and other overseas automobile manufacturers
  • In May 2003, the Port of Mikawa was designated a ‘Special Zone for Structural Reform.’ In line with this program, the port is taking maximum advantage of deregulation to create facilities that are even easier and more convenient.
  • The ‘International Automobile Complex Plan’ is under way, aimed at creating a unified port, highway, and airport system, reducing the impact of distribution on the environment through combined transport, recycling automobiles, and so on


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