Japan International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Japan International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market is segmented by business model (business-to-business (B2B), business-to-customer (B2C), and customer-to-customer (C2C)), type (e-commerce, non-e-commerce), and end-user (services, wholesale and retail trade, healthcare, industrial manufacturing, and other end users). The market size and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD) for all the above segments.

Japan International CEP Market Size

Japan International CEP Market Summary
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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 4.83 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 9.13 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 13.57 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Japan International CEP Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Japan International CEP Market Analysis

The Japan International CEP Market size is estimated at USD 4.83 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 9.13 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 13.57% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

 Japan is a major trading and investing partner for the United States. Electronic equipment and cars are two of Japan’s biggest exports. Trade with other countries is also very important for Japan’s economy.

  • In 2022, Japan’s exports are Cars (USD 88.6 billion), Integrated circuits (USD 36 billion), Motor vehicles; parts & accessories (8701 and 8705) (USD 33.4 billion), Machinery having individual functions (USD 22 billion) and Photo lab equipment (USD 18.5 billion) among others.
  • To facilitate international commerce, Trade Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Free Trade Zones (FTZ) are established, which facilitate the revenue generation of the Courier, Express, and Parcel companies (CEP).
  • The main driving factor for the International CEP market is the E-commerce Sector. Japan is the world’s largest online shopping market, Japan’s e-commerce market is dominated by B2B transactions, with a growing emphasis on B2C sales and an emerging C2C market. B2C sales have more than doubled over the past decade.
  • Japan's internet penetration rate was 82.9% at the beginning of 2023, with 102.5 million people using the internet. In January 2023, 92.00 million people in Japan were using social media, making up 74.4% of the population.
  • In November 2022, Japan is launching a space-based courier service. ISpace Inc. the company, based in Tokyo, is planning to launch a moon lander later this month that will be carrying a bunch of commercial and government stuff, including two rovers.

Japan International CEP Market Trends

Growth in Cross Border E-commerce is driving the market

Japan’s international e-commerce is on the rise, a study by PPRO found that China was the top e-commerce destination for Japanese shoppers. The US came in second with 30% of the global e-commerce sales. The United States and China are the country’s largest markets for Japanese goods. In 2021, online sales to China reached JPY 2.13 trillion (USD 14.37 billion), a 10% increase from the previous year, while online sales to the United States increased by 26% to JPY 1.22 trillion (USD 84 billion), according to the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry (METI). The two countries combined accounted for about 10% of Japan’s total exports for the year, excluding online transactions of JPY 200,000 (USD 1370.99).

Japan is one of the fastest-growing e-commerce & m-commerce markets with a digitally savvy population that is increasingly buying across borders. It is an ideal market for cross-border e-commerce businesses. Cross-border e-commerce companies will be successful in this market if they localize the customer experience, including genuine and correct language translations, website architecture, product listing, and superior customer service.

Japan International CEP Market: Japan: Market share of cross-border e-commerce in 2022, by country, In %

Increase in Volume of Parcel Shipments in Japan

In Japan, the volume of parcels and packets generated in 2022 reached 9,1 billion, a decrease of -1,1% compared to the previous year's 9,2 billion parcels. This represents an average of 289 parcels per second, equivalent to 25 million parcels per day. The total revenue generated from parcels in 2022 was USD 27 billion, an increase of 17% year-on-year, however, the revenue per parcel decreased by –16%, largely due to the strong US Dollar-Yen exchange rate in 2022. The average parcel generated per person was 73, while the average parcel generated per household remained at 173. Nearly half of Japanese households (48.2%) with 2 or more people purchased goods or services through e-commerce in 2022, a record high in the last decade. The number of e-commerce-using households has been steadily rising in recent years, and leisure-related products and services are among the most popular online purchases.

Japan International CEP Market: Producer price index (PPI) of door-to-door parcel delivery services in Japan, 2013-2022

Japan International CEP Industry Overview

The Japanese international CEP market is fragmented, with a mix of global and local players, making it highly competitive. Some of the strong players include Yamato, Sagawa Express, TNT Express, Japan Post, and FedEx. Geek+, a global provider of smart logistics solutions, announced that it had powered same-day delivery for Nike in Japan, providing advanced robotics solutions to Nike's new distribution center in China and deploying more than 200 robots from its goods-to-person P series line. The smart robots carry Nike products and packages directly to the warehouse worker, reducing costs, increasing picking efficiency, and making daily work easier on the warehouse operators. In 2022, Japan Post has the highest market share (46%) for parcels and packets, while Yamato has the lowest market share (34%).

Japan International CEP Market Leaders

  1. FedEx


  3. Sagawa Express Co. Ltd

  4. TNT Holdings BV

  5. JAPAN POST Co. Ltd

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Japan International CEP Market Concentration
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Japan International CEP Market News

  • May 2023: On 20 February 2023, UPS Japan K.K., the Japanese subsidiary of the major U.S. air cargo company UPS, held a ceremony to celebrate the start of its new “Shenzhen- Kansai- Kitakyushu” service. The flight will operate five times a week, Monday to Friday, as a scheduled international freight service, utilizing the B767- 300ERF aircraft. 
  • May 2023: Japan Airlines is getting three new cargo planes to help them diversify their income by meeting global and local customer needs caused by online shopping and parcel delivery. Starting in 2023 and ending in March 2024, the three new Boeings will be used for dedicated cargo.

Japan International CEPMarket Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technological Trends

    3. 4.3 Government Regulations

    4. 4.4 Overview of the Logistics and Warehousing Market in Japan

    5. 4.5 Spotlight on Cross-Border Transportation in Japan

    6. 4.6 Brief on Japan Freight Forwarding Market

    7. 4.7 Spotlight on Japan E-commerce Sector (Commentary on Domestic and Cross-border E-commerce)

    8. 4.8 Impact of COVID-19 on the CEP Market (Short-term and Long-term Impact on the Market and on the Economy)


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Growth in E-commerce is driving the market

      2. 5.1.2 The market is fueled by the growing number of Air Freights

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Poor Visibility on the Courier Delivery Operations

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

      1. 5.3.1 Advancements in Technology: Introduction of Advanced tracking Systems

    4. 5.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 5.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 5.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 5.4.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    5. 5.5 Supply Chain/Value Chain Analysis


    1. 6.1 By Business

      1. 6.1.1 Business-to-Business (B2B)

      2. 6.1.2 Business-to-Customer (B2C)

      3. 6.1.3 Customer-to-Customer (C2C)

    2. 6.2 By Type

      1. 6.2.1 E-commerce

      2. 6.2.2 Non-e-commerce

    3. 6.3 By End User

      1. 6.3.1 Services

      2. 6.3.2 Wholesale and Retail Trade

      3. 6.3.3 Healthcare

      4. 6.3.4 Industrial Manufacturing

      5. 6.3.5 Other End Users


    1. 7.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 YAMATO HOLDINGS CO. LTD

      2. 7.2.2 Sagawa Express Co. Ltd

      3. 7.2.3 TNT Holdings BV

      4. 7.2.4 JAPAN POST Co. Ltd

      5. 7.2.5 FedEx

      6. 7.2.6 DHL

      7. 7.2.7 Seino Transportation Co. Ltd

      8. 7.2.8 United Parcel Service of America Inc.

      9. 7.2.9 DB Schenker

      10. 7.2.10 Nippon Express Co. Ltd

      11. 7.2.11 Takuhai

      12. 7.2.12 Agility


      14. 7.2.14 National Air Cargo Inc.*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  9. 9. APPENDIX

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Japan International CEP Industry Segmentation

CEP (courier, express, and parcel) refers to a set of services that entails the delivery of various commodities and products across many places via land, air, or water. In contrast to courier and parcel services, express deliveries are frequently time-bound, with various high-value consignments arriving in a few days or at a pre-arranged date and time. 

The report offers a comprehensive background analysis of the Japanese international CEP market, covering the current market trends, restraints, technological updates, and detailed information on various segments and the competitive landscape of the industry. The impact of COVID-19 has also been incorporated and considered in the study. The market is segmented by business model, type, and end user. The report offers market size and forecast in value (USD) for all the above segments.

By Business
Business-to-Business (B2B)
Business-to-Customer (B2C)
Customer-to-Customer (C2C)
By Type
By End User
Wholesale and Retail Trade
Industrial Manufacturing
Other End Users
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Japan International CEPMarket Research FAQs

The Japan International CEP Market size is expected to reach USD 4.83 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 13.57% to reach USD 9.13 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Japan International CEP Market size is expected to reach USD 4.83 billion.

FedEx, YAMATO HOLDINGS CO. LTD, Sagawa Express Co. Ltd, TNT Holdings BV and JAPAN POST Co. Ltd are the major companies operating in the Japan International CEP Market.

In 2023, the Japan International CEP Market size was estimated at USD 4.25 billion. The report covers the Japan International CEP Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Japan International CEP Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Statistics for the 2024 Japan International CEP market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Japan International CEP analysis includes a market forecast outlook to for 2024 to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Japan International Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)