INVESTORS IN MSK
Partnership Is Our Goal
PST CLC, a.s. has been operating on the Czech and European markets since 1991. With more than
twenty workplaces throughout the Czech Republic, It is a major and reliable provider of customs,
warehousing and transport services of the highest quality and holds ISO, AEO, EcoVadis and other
top-level quality certificates. Luděk Kohout, sales manager of PST CLC, a.s., spoke with POSITIV
Business & Style Magazine about cooperation with the Mitsui-Soko Group and the implementation
of Japanese customs into work activities.
Mr Kohout, you are one of the major
providers of comprehensive logistics
services. Could you briefly tell us what the
company does and what the customer can
contact you about?
The company has long been known as PST
Ostrava customs declaration, which was
established in 1991 in Ostrava. In 2012,
the owner of the company changed when
PST CLC, a.s. became part of the Japanese
Mitsui-Soko Group and thus a global
We provide clients with services and
solutions based on a comprehensive
interconnected logistics chain beginning
with the customs clearance of goods through
a network of public and non-public customs
offices, moving to warehousing and variable
processing in three logistics centers located
throughout the Czech Republic, aided by fast
land, sea, air and, more recently, rail transport
for distribution to the final customer. The
latest comprehensive product can be
considered ‘first and last mile logistics’. For
our customers, which can also be a logistics
company, we operate a collection service
for piece shipments in the Czech Republic,
international transport, cross-dock services,
as well as short- and long-term storage in our
logistics centers with an area of more than
85,000 square meters.
Do you implement any Japanese customs
in your work?
The team of PST CLC, a.s., includes Japanese
colleagues who are in daily contact with
Czech colleagues across all departments.
This cooperation is highly effective and
beneficial for all of us. PST CLC, a.s. builds
on local experience from the European
market and at the same time allows the use
of global scope and the Japanese nature
of the approach to the matter—precision,
punctuality, long-term partnership, finding
the optimal solution and serious and
fair dealing. We most appreciate a very
professional approach, friendly and decent
behavior and also the fulfillment of the credo
that an agreement confirmed by handshake
is permanent, valid and unchangeable.
You have been operating on the market
as a member of the worldwide holding
company Mitsui-Soko Group since 2012.
What does this partnership bring you?
The partnership with Mitsui-Soko brings
a lot to PST. Thanks to Mitsui-Soko, with
more than 110 years of history and its global
network, PST is able to enjoy many benefits.
They bring us not only business with
Japanese corporations but also benefits in
terms of credit and fame. Also, we carry
out many projects with another Mitsui-Soko
corporation; this year we started a weekly
China Land Bridge service for our clients
from Shanghai to Prague as a joint business
with Mitex (Shanghai), a subsidiary of
Mitsui-Soko in China.
We will strengthen our partnership with
Mitsui-Soko and expand the scale of
In what position/role do you see PST CLC,
a.s. in, let‘s say, five years?
We aim to be a leading company in a niche
market of the EU, focusing on the Czech
Republic, Hungary and other countries of
With the existing strength of customs
clearance, forwarding and logistic services,
we will aggressively expand business in the
CCE market. At this moment, PST CLC is
well known as one of the biggest customs
brokers in the Czech Republic, securing
every single business in Europe. However,
we will shift our resources to the CCE market
in the next five years and take a leading
position in the CCE market as a Japanese
Mr Kohout, thank you for the interview.
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