Logistics companies are strengthening partnerships to maintain delivery services amid concerns about a looming shortage of truck drivers stemming from new regulations capping the overtime of drivers.

Japan Post and Seino Transportation announced Thursday that they have reached a basic agreement to work together on joint long-haul truck operations in about a year's time.

As the logistics industry is under pressure to cope with various issues including the expected shortage of truck drivers and decarbonization, “we believe that on top of the efforts by individual companies, co-creation that transcends corporate boundaries is critical,” said Satoshi Takahashi, president of Seino Transportation, a major Gifu-based business-to-business logistics operator.