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1. Patrimony management Tradition-adherence and confidence

Ever since the founding of the Company in the 10th year of Meiji (1877), a lofty top managerial concept has established a traditional company atmosphere supplemented by experienced expertise. As a result, we have achieved steady and prompt transport to meet the needs and expectations of our clients and have been enjoying their full trust and confidence. On top of a firm management basis strengthened by this tradition, management innovation developed by a transport system and data processing system responding to a new era has made it possible for us to establish a firm position as a leader and major contributor to industry.

2. Established foundation as a comprehensive physical distributor

Recent innovations in physical distribution have changed the style and method of transporting cargo greatly leaning towards logistics in order to correspond to SMC (supply chain management) such as containerization and high-speed physical distribution. In order to take best advantage of these innovative trends, we are endeavoring to improve transport organization, modernize cargo handling, and develop multi-aspect business with a view to becoming a comprehensive physical distributor with a fully equipped multi-modal transportation system.

3. Expansion of overseas operation network

I partnered with superior overseas merchants based on my considerable management experience in exporting manufacturing plants to overseas construction sites, formed an international network, and established an international door-to-door intermodal transportation network. In Singapore, a nation that is located in a position essential for distribution to Southeast Asia, I contributed 100% of the investment funding to establish the local subsidiary Goto Southeast Asia PTE LTD., and from there went on to found Goto Korea CO., LTD. in South Korea, Goto Faiwind Freight Forwarder LTD. in Taiwan, Goto Butsuryu (Shanghai) CO., LTD. in China, and proceeded to found Hong Kong Goto Butsuryu LTD in Hong Kong, and contributed to the promotion of an internationally integrated transportation network based in Southeast Asia and operating worldwide in order to handle the needs of our valued customers.

History More Than a Century

MEIJI PERIOD The year 1877 (the 10th year of the Meiji Era)
1. Establishment of the MARUMA Enterprise
On October 10, 1877 Katsuzo Goto, the founder of the company, established the Maruma Steamship Transportation Agency at Kaigan-dori 3-chome, Kobe-cho.
This is the original foundation of Goto Kaisoten, Ltd.
The inclusion of the word "steamship" in a company's name during the era of sailing ships such as the "Hishigaki Kaisen" and "Taru Kaisen", which were common then, was considered as being farsighted wisdom at the time. Katsuzo Goto vigorously expanded the business, including but not limited to, submitting a written petition to be granted the right to transport cargo to the Tientsin Consulate of the Empire of China.
When the direct forerunner of the N.Y.K. Line was born, Goto already occupied one of the two highest positions among the top twenty-four affiliated shipping agents of the time.

The year 1895 (the 28th year of Meiji) and after
2. Expansion of Shipping Agency Business to Taiwan
After the Sino-Japanese War, Taiwan was ceded to Japan from China. Noticing the abundance of underground natural resources as well as agricultural products in Taiwan, Katsuzo promptly pplied to the Japanese Government for a license and started a trading and shipping agency in Taiwan in August 1895.
It was Mr. Shinpei Goto, then the Director-General of Public Welfare in the overnment General of Formosa, and who later occupied the offices of Home and Foreign inisters of Japan, who strongly encouraged Katsuzo to expand into Taiwan.
The life-long friendship etween Shinpei and Katsuzo stemmed from Shinpei's staying at the Jiyuu-tei (Freedom House) hotel in Kobe during his official business trips.
Goto in Taiwan expanded its business activities to Tsingtao, Port Arthur and Pusan. Around 1897, the company was transporting drilling equipment for the Nippon Oil Co. to southern Taiwan and took this opportunity to increase cargo handling volumes bound for Taiwan.
TAISHO PERIOD The year 1921 (March 25, the 10th year of Taisho)
1. Shift to Limited Stock Company
In order to modernize its corporate activities, Goto Kaisoten Ltd. was incorporated with a capitalization of 80,000 Yen on March 25, 1921. Tetsujiro Goto was the first president of this new corporate entity.
In spite of the hardship stemming in the aftermath of the great crash of New York Stock Exchange and growing depression of the global economy, the company was able to make it through these difficulties by making a united and dedicated effort to cope with situations with a creed of reliability being the best policy.
SHOWA PERIOD

The years 1937 to 1945 (the 12th to 20th years of Showa)
1.Era of Wartime Control
In 1937 Japan moved into a wartime controlled economy. Following the Shipping Control Ordinance and the Inland Transportation Control Ordinance, the Harbor Transportation and Related Control Ordinance was issued in 1941 and an administrative guideline was hammered out to tighten integration of companies so as to allow only one company in each agency's category in each port. As a special case, seven
agencies were allowed to remain for Kobe port with Goto
Kaisoten holding the status of parent body in consolidating harbor transportation agencies in view of the company's past experience and tradition. In 1942, Shoichi Goto became the second president of the company.

The years 1943 to 1944 (the 18th and 19th years of Showa)
2. Wartime Transport
During the wartime years of 1943 to 1944, Goto dismantled the entire facilities of the Kawasaki Refinery of the Nippon Oil Co. and transported them in collaboration with Japan Express to Kaohsiung, Taiwan using a fleet of thirteen ships through hostile submarine waters without a single incident. This was the forerunner of the company's work in the sea-borne transport and overseas export of plants and other facilities.

The year 1945 (the 20th year of Showa) and after
3. Postwar Recovery
The Kobe head office, hit twice by air raids during the War, resumed its first step in post war activities in a hurriedly built barrack in the wake of wartime devastation. In June 1946 a new company building was completed in Hatoba-cho and business activities commenced there. With the reopening of private trade, the company commenced fullscale business activities, and at the same time, as a part of its restoration measures, the company also expanded its operational scale of business through such activities as setting up warehouses, maintaining cargo-handling facilities, as well as opening regular services to and from Kyushu. The Hyogo Warehouse in particular helped the company significantly during an era of tight availability of warehouse space. The Tokyo Branch Office, which was once burnt down, shortly picked up business to its fullest capacity, while the Niigata Office was in good shape, too. The Osaka Branch Office, which fortunately survived war damage, obtained a license for customs clearance and developed new transactions with new cargo holders of major steel mills and major trading houses in Osaka.

The year 1957 (the 32nd year of Showa) and after
4. Shift to Combined Multi-modal Transport System
In 1957, the company started handling the transportation of exported plant goods taking the lead over other competitors. In 1961, the company not only shipped a thermal power plant to Delhi in India, but also undertook inland transport of the facility, as well. The essence of plant transport consists of providing long-term in-country, consistent support from transporting the facilities themselves to the handling of many tasks on site, thereby achieving the full merit of the plant manufacturers. The experience of this company now covers Scandinavia, Asia, North and South America, Central America, and Africa,
representing a major leap from "MARUMA Japan" to "global MARUMA".

The year 1971 (the 46th year of Showa) and after
5. The Birth and Growth of the MARUMA Group
During the 1970s, a wave of innovation surged across the physical distribution and trade world as well as the industrial and economic world. In order to cope with these dynamic changes, the Goto affiliates and twelve related companies organized the MARUMA Group Conference (later renamed as "Tokokai") in January 1971 and sought to develop the ties of the group by collaborating through mutual cooperation, coordination of activities and joint study, and other related joint activities.

October 10, 1976 (the 51st year of Showa)
6. Centenary of Foundation
On October 10, 1976 the company celebrated its 100th anniversary of the foundation of the company. During the commemoration ceremony, Mr. Shoichi Goto, president of the company, gave a speech in which he stated, "on this occasion | wish to ask all of you to vigorously push forward to a new era with the same spirit which your predecessors had on the same day and month one hundred years ago. We should reaffirm and observe the motto of our founder, that is, "honesty, morality, and uprightness."


The year 1980 (the 55th year of Showa) and after
3. Establishment of Data Network System
The company has established a data network system capable of cooperatively handling the functions of sales and marketing, operations, custom clearance, management of goods in warehouse, operation accounts and financial affairs amongst other related matters. In addition to promoting the efficiency of operations, this system has also been quickly used to stant online services for our customers. Furthermore, while the network within the Marumagroup has been upgraded and expanded, the company system has been connected to that of the Nippon Automated Cargo Clearance System (NACCS) of the customhouse, thus realizing an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) inside and outside of the company.
The year 1980 (the 55th year of Showa) and after
7. Establishment of Data Network System
The company has established a data network system capable of cooperatively handling the functions of sales and marketing, operations, custom clearance, management of goods in warehouse, operation accounts and financial affairs amongst other related matters. In addition to promoting the efficiency of operations, this system has also been quickly used to stant online services for our customers. Furthermore, while the network within the Marumagroup has been upgraded and expanded, the company system has been connected to that of the Nippon Automated Cargo Clearance System (NACCS) of the customhouse, thus realizing an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) inside and outside of the company.

FROM SHOWA TO HEISEI 1985 to 1990 (the 60th year of Showa to the 2nd year of Heisei)
1. Establishment of Main Bases in Kobe Port
The Fokko Island Office was established and an elevated-floor type warehouse was built that is capable of all-weather cargo
handling and the accommodation of fourteen container
chassis. Later, a second, all-purpose warehouse was subsequently built at the same office, thus making it the main base for harbor transportation business of the company.

1988 to 1997 (the 63rd year of Showa to the 9th year of Heisei)
2. Upgrading and Expanding International Physical Distribution Network
A combined multi-modal transportation system was established through an international network by tying up with reputable overseas forwarders as partners of all over the world. This includes the establishment in South East Asia of GOTO SOUTHEAST ASA PTE LTD., a locally incorporated company in Singapore, GOTO KOREA CO., LTD. in Korea, GOTO FAIRWIND CO., LTD. in Taiwan, and GOTO LOGISTIC INC. in the Philippines as affiliated companies. Representative offices have also been opened in Hong Kong and Shanghai in China. These efforts have helped to cement the position of the company as a leading physical distribution (PD) operator.

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