The deal will see train body shells be transported into Teesport via a new service direct from Japan by global shipping line K-Line.
The service will in turn create new opportunities for exporters of project cargo who will be able to benefit from K-Line’s global network adding Teesside to its list of destinations.
The new contract will also have a positive effect on local businesses providing opportunities for hauliers and businesses further along the supply chain.
Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports’ business development director, said: “To be an integral part of the Hitachi supply chain is a role we are very proud to undertake.
“The importance of Hitachi Rail in the wider economic context of the North-East is of tremendous significance and will provide a much needed boost to the region.”