Gateway to East Asia
Shimonoseki Port in the City is one of the most important ports for physical distribution in the western part of Japan and serves as a gateway to the Asian Continent. The municipality will strive to improve the functions of the port as a gateway for people, goods, and information to East Asia and the world.
Aruka Port Area
The Aruka Port Area is located along the Kanmon Straits, which boasts one of the best views in Japan. The municipality will promote improvement in this waterfront area to provide citizens and tourists with opportunities to enjoy contact with the sea as well as to vitalize the economy of the City by utilizing private-sector activities.
Off-shore island in a new port area (Choshudejima)
The municipality has been striving to improve the island to start its partial use in FY2008 as a core facility for transportation and physical distribution. The municipality will utilize the advantages of Shimonoseki Port, including its proximity to East Asia, easy access to domestic transportation, system to ensure quick inspection, and accommodation for frequent use of shipping services between the port and specified ports in China and South Korea.
Three features of cargo handled at Shimonoseki Port
- High-priced cargo is handled
Cargo more than three times as high in price as cargo handled at neighboring ports
The unit price of cargo handled at Shimonoseki Port is three to eight times as high as that of cargo handled at neighboring ports.
- Urgent cargo is handled
Placing importance on speed in physical distribution
Main imports are apparel fresh food products, and main exports are electronic parts and production machinery. All of these need to be handled urgently.
- Cargo carried from/to the Kansai or Kanto region
Broadest activity sphere in Japan
About 64% of the containers for imports that reach Shimonoseki Port are carried to the Kansai region or regions further east. In addition, about 51% of the containers for exports that reach Shimonoseki Port are carried from the Kansai region or regions further east.