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Guidelines for Improvement of Trade Environments and Overtime Work through Cooperation between Consignors and Transportation Businesses Formulated

November 6, 2018

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announces that the “Guidelines for Improving Business Environments and Reducing Overtime Work through Cooperation between Consignors and Transportation Businesses” were formulated. This guidelines are an outcome of a pilot project for reducing overtime work for employees in the truck transportation business through collaborative efforts by consignors and transportation businesses to reduce the wait time for preparing cargo for transport and enhance the efficiency in loading-unloading services etc.

Aiming to improve the business environment and curb overtime work hours in the truck transportation industry, in FY2015, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) launched a Conference on Improving Trade Environments and Reducing Overtime Work in the Truck Transportation Industry consisting of academic experts, truck transportation businesses, consignors, labor unions and other entities.

The conference has conducted a pilot project in which consignors and transportation businesses collaborate in curbing overtime work through certain efforts, such as reducing the wait time for preparing cargo for transport and enhancing efficiency in loading-unloading services in the truck transportation industry for two fiscal years in FY 2016 and 2017. As an outcome of the project, the conference formulated “Guidelines for Improving Business Environments and Reducing Overtime Work through Cooperation between Consignors and Transportation Businesses.”

METI hereby announces that the guidelines were released by MLIT on its website. METI will endeavor to cooperate in the public relations activities concerning the guidelines in order to improve business environments and reduce overtime work in the truck transportation industry.

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