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Yamato Holdings and Chronopost partnered

Partnership between Yamato Holdings and Chronopost aiming to share knowhow in order to expand cross-border chilled and frozen food transport between France and Japan


11 April 2017 - Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan; President: Masaki Yamauchi) and Chronopost (Paris, France; President: Martin Piechowski), the leading French specialist for express delivery of parcels, and a member of DPD Group, the international parcel delivery network ranked 2nd in Europe, announced that a cross-license agreement was signed on April 6, for the purpose of  sharing of knowhow in frozen and chilled transport of the two companies to improve the delivery quality and expand the cross-border frozen and chilled delivery markets in both Japan and France.


1. Background

In recent years, including Japan, countries in the world actively export their own high-quality agricultural and marine products, aiming to obtain new markets. Especially for Japan and France, their products have been recognized worldwide for their high quality, gaining increasing popularity in Japanese and French restaurants in many countries, among the upper class in particular.

Under these circumstances, it is necessary to enhance the safety and quality standard in order to facilitate the further expansion of cross-border chilled and frozen transport.


2. Frozen and chilled transport of the companies

Yamato Group started the nationwide door-to-door frozen and chilled delivery service for small parcels- ‘Cool Ta-Q-Bin’ in 1988, which contributed to the development of ready-order and direct-from-farm culture. This high quality service has been expanded to the overseas markets in Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia since 2010. In 2013, the world's first international door-to-door frozen and chilled delivery service under constant temperature control International Cool Ta-Q-Bin was launched in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand currently. Yamato Group has also been engaging in the development of the refrigerated delivery market not only in Japan but all over the world. For example February 2017, British Standards Institution (BSI) has issued PAS 1018 which is the first international standard for refrigerated parcel delivery services developed together with Yamato Group and relevant experts.

With a distribution network throughout France, Chronopost has been contributing to the expansion of the chilled and frozen parcel transport market in the country in 2015, by launching Chronofresh, a nationwide chilled and frozen transport network, that provides high quality express delivery service. Since its launch, Chronofresh has already attracted many French B2B and B2C customers, and is opening to Europe, with the deployment of the first parcel to Spain and to Belgium.


3. Overview of the cross-license agreement  

The Cross-License Agreement between Yamato Holdings and Chronopost includes the followings:

(1) Sharing the companies’ knowhow in frozen and chilled transport

(2) Setting up new high quality standards and procedures in the industry to enhance the frozen and chilled delivery markets in Japan and France


4. Future development and goals 

Based on this agreement, the two companies will share the knowhow and contribute to the expansion of frozen and chilled delivery market of small parcels worldwide. Especially, by providing cross-border door- to-door refrigerated delivery service of small parcels between Japan and France as a new solution, it can broaden the opportunities of the export of fresh products directly from producers to consumers, contributing to the development of P to C (Producer to Consumer) market between the two countries.   


5. Signing ceremony

 The signing ceremony of the Cross-License Agreement was held in Paris, France on April 6, 2017.

From left to right, standing: Paul-Marie Chavanne, GeoPost President and Masaki Yamauchi, Representative Director and CEO of Yamato Holdings Co. Ltd

From left to right, sitting: Martin Piechowski, Chronopost President and Katsihiko Umetsu, Senior Officer of Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd.


Yamato press contacts:

Mr. Yamamoto and Ms. Fujino
PR Strategy Managers, Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd.
TEL: +81-3-3248-5822


Chronopost press contacts:

Profile Agency
Stephanie NOEL / +33 1 56 26 72 10 /
Olivia CHABBERT / +33 1 56 26 72 30 /


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