The History of Kamigumi
Kamigumi was established in 1867 together with the opening of Kobe Port.
As a pioneer in harbor logistics, we have consistently challenged ourselves to new heights.
Learn more about Kamigumi’s history,
from our original establishment to our post-war renaissance, period of global expansion,
and current success as the first harbor transportation agent to operate its own independent terminal.
Kamigumi’s beginnings trace back to 1867.
The same year that Kobe Port was opened, a foreign cargo zone was also established. The predecessor to Kamigumi—Kobe Hamanaka— was commissioned to handle cargo for this area.
As the port developed, the company’s handling range also expanded. In 1873, Kobe Hamanaka was divided into regions, and our company’s name was changed to Kamigumi Hamanaka due to the fact that we were put in charge of handling on the up-harbor (or ‘kami’) side of the port.
This was the source of our present day name, Kamigumi.
Established in Kobe, Kamigumi now boasts a strong foundation in harbor transportation, with locations at the major ports of Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka and Moji.
In addition to improving domestic bases, we also began diversifying our range of services, for instance by establishing subsidiaries to handle land, sea and air transportation.
We began expanding our overseas and domestic logistics network,
developing bases throughout Asia, with a focus on China.
In addition to being the first harbor transportation agent to operate its own independent terminal, we are also expanding our network in Southeast Asia.
We continue to make rapid progress, aiming for even greater growth.