ITOCHU Australia is a 100%-owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation in Japan, which is one of the leading general trading companies, or so-called "sogo shosha". The word "sogo" literally means "general", while "shosha" means "trading or business company". Hence, the term "general trading company".
Trading is one of the main functions of "sogo shosha" - which act sometimes as importer, sometimes as exporter, and sometimes as distributor of goods and services globally. While this traditional style of trading will always remain one of the cornerstones of ITOCHU Australia's business, this role has expanded over the years to meet the fast changing international environment. Other functions now include finance, direct and indirect investment, marketing, shipping and warehousing.