Hedging CO2 Emissions with Hybrid Air Export Solution from Osaka Japan

By In Insight On 13th April 2023

Are you looking for ways to reduce CO2 emissions within your supply chain?


NNR Global Logistics Japan is now offering a new hybrid air export service. 

The new service uses rail instead of traditional trucking for freight moving from Osaka to Tokyo and then exported by air to international destinations.


Learn what this new solution can offer you!

The Challenge

During the pandemic, the number of international flights departing from Osaka's Kansai International Airport (KIX) significantly declined and has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels. 

Meanwhile, flights departing from Tokyo's two international airports, Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND), maintain a relatively large number of international flight options.

Traditionally, freight moves on long-haul trucks from Osaka to Tokyo. Trucks are high in CO2 emission and require a driver. 

On April 1, 2024, Japan will implement new trucking regulations limiting overtime. Analysts anticipate a potential long-distance truck driver shortage.

As businesses search for ways to curb their carbon emissions, the transportation of goods remains a primary area of focus.

The Solution

As a result of the need for efficient, low-emission transportation from Osaka to international destinations, NNR is providing a hybrid rail-air routing using Tokyo's two international airports. Currently, we have weekly rail departures from Osaka to Tokyo.

How it Works

Cargo is delivered to the NNR Rinku Logistics Center in Izumisano City, Osaka, where customs clearance occurs. Next, the shipment moves by truck to the rail and is transported 577 km (359 miles) to Tokyo. Upon arrival, the shipment is trucked 80 km (50 miles) to the Narita International Airport or 10 km (6 miles) to the Haneda International Airport. All freight movement occurs 'in-bond' and adds minimal transit time.


The new route allows for 1.) additional international options, 2.) will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 60% compared to using a 10-ton truck, and 3.) will alleviate delays resulting from a truck driver shortage. 

This service is ideal for those who want to hedge emissions and can allow for an extra day of transport time but still require international air export service speed. 

Low-carbon emissions contribute to the realization of a green society. Rail transportation emits less CO2 than long-distance trucking. 

This valuable solution is through a collaboration between three industry leaders: NNR Global Logistics for our knowledge of air and bonded cargo, Senko’s expertise in container transport as a rail carrier, and JR Freight’s rail transport services with their environmental and labor productivity advantages.  

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