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Nippon Express launches Japan-Ohio air freight service

Nippon Express launches Japan-Ohio air freight service
The overnight delivery route aims to service growing automotive demand in the Midwest.

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Nippon Express launches air cargo service between Nagoya and Cincinnati

Nippon Express, a freight forwarder, has announced the launch of a new air cargo service between Nagoya, Japan, and Cincinnati. The service, called the "Ohio Midnight Express," will load cargo at Chubu Centrair International Airport for a direct evening flight to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The cargo will then be moved to a facility in Columbus, Ohio, managed by NX Group, which operates an international cargo handling site inside Nagoya's airport and a cargo freight station near Cincinnati's airport. This new service will allow for same-day delivery within Ohio and reduce lead time by approximately one day compared to the Group's conventional service. Most of Nippon Express' Ohio-bound cargo is delivered to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, but the new direct service to Ohio will enable faster delivery. The Midwest's automotive-related industries have been driving cargo demand, with Ohio specifically attracting manufacturing investments from companies like Ford and Intel. The state's tax incentives are also helping manufacturers save on costs. In addition, Germany-based Schaeffler Group announced plans to build an auto parts manufacturing facility in Ohio in mid-2024, and Honda plans to retool three of its facilities in the state as part of its plan to establish an electric vehicle hub in North America.

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