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The number of packages handled by parcel delivery services in fiscal 2018 increased 1.3 percent from the previous year to 4.31 billion, hitting a record high for the fourth consecutive year, according to transport ministry data released Tuesday.

Of the total, the number of items shipped by truck stood at 4.26 billion, and those sent by other distribution methods came to 46.4 million in the fiscal year that ended in March 2019.

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