About us

Starting off in 1919 with 4 vehicles and 17 employees, Yamato Transport was offered a contract for distributing goods for Japan's largest department store chain company Mitsukoshi in 1923. This contract growing every year and the gaining of new contracts, enabled Yamato Transport to set up a national transport network.

After the economic boom in the sixties and the recession in the seventies, Yamato Transport made the right and daring decision to free themselves from the contracts and convert their Takkyubin delivery system into a door-to-door delivery network for individual clients and consumers. From this point on the company grew and introduced other services like home-moving and refrigerated transport.

The black cat logo, developed in 1957 by the founder Mr. Yasuomi Ogura himself, has become the national symbol for transport in Japan and will be all over the world. In the eighties Yamato Transport established networks in South-East Asia, the U.S.A. and Europe, which were further greatly expanded.

Today you will find the black cat at your service right on the spot where you need it. After 90 years it still stands for care and reliability.

Yamato Transport Europe B.V.
Those among you who know Yamato Transport's caring cat logo, will be relieved to see it in Europe. Those who don't will soon find out that it is a convenient ticket into this complex continent. and moreover it will be your successful guide into the Japanese Market. This is why we have proudly introduced our “Sales Assistance Service”, enabling you to use our specific know-how on the main economic markets of this world. Our complete logistic concept allows you to either put the entire distribution in our hands or choose any service you require from warehousing to door-to-door distribution.

Short history of Yamato Transport Europe:
  • On October 2, 1986 Yamato Transport Europe (YTE) was established as Yamato Transport Nederland B.V. (YTN) YTN is a 100 % daughter of Yamato Transport Co. Ltd. in Japan.
  • On Augist 14, 1987 YTN opened its branch office at Brussels Airport, Belgium.
  • On March 1, 1994 the YTN organization changed its name into Yamato Transport Europe B.V.
  • On April 1, 1994, Yamato Transport France S.A. was integrated into YTE.
  • On May 12, 1997 YTE Ridderkerk was ISO certified by Bureau Veritas Quality International B.V. for the quality-system of warehousing and distribution-services.
  • On January 1, 2000 YTE worked with approx. 70 employees.
  • On June 1, 2000 YTE Ridderkerk moved to a new location covering approx. 12.000 m2 of warehouse-space.
  • On April 1, 2001, Yamato Transport Deutschland GmbH. was integrated into YTE in order to meet our customer’s European needs.
  • On June 1, 2004, Yamato Transport UK. Ltd. followed this trend.
  • On May 1, 2005 YTE opened the Milan branch office in Italy.
  • On May 1, 2005 the Czech YTE Prague office was opened at the airport of Prague.
  • On November 1, 2005 all shares of YTE were transferred to the Yamato Holding Co. Ltd.
  • On February 1, 2008 the YTE Hungary office was opened in Esztergom.
  • On July 8, 2009 YTE Netherlands, as first logistics service provider, concluded a covenant “Horizontal Supervision” with the Netherlands Tax- & Customs Authorities, which allows us in both fields the highest level of Self-Regulation.
  • On January 1, 2010, YTE Hungary was ISO certified for Dangerous Goods Packing
  • On October 21, 2014 we established our Barcelona Branch-Office
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