Japan Airlines Co. and Japan Post Co. will team up in April to introduce a delivery service to Singapore and Taiwan that specializes in shipping items at chilled temperatures.
The companies said Jan. 29 that their “Cool EMS” service will likely be extended to other Asian destinations after judging how the trial service develops over the course of a year.
Cool EMS will compete with All Nippon Airways Co. and Yamato Holdings Co., which are also planning an international shipping service for refrigerated goods.
Cool EMS will take advantage of Japan Post’s speedy international service called EMS (express mail service) and JAL’s expertise in advanced temperature-controlled containers, which were developed for pharmaceuticals.
Fruits and raw fish are some of the foodstuffs that can be shipped through Cool EMS.
Goods can be maintained at constant temperature between 2-10 degrees for up to 80 hours from acceptance of a parcel for delivery.
The maximum weight of parcels is 15 kilograms.
The delivery rate will range from 7,000 yen ($77) to 24,600 yen, depending on the weight of the packages.
The service will be initially available in limited regions.
For delivery, customers will be provided with a telephone number for the Chitose post office in Hokkaido or Kawasaki Port post office in Kanagawa Prefecture. After calling and arranging for delivery one week in advance, a local postal representative will pick up the item at the customer's place of residence and relay it to the Chitose or Kawasaki post office for shipment to Singapore or Taiwan.
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