UPS expands express services to international high-growth markets
November 14, 2018: UPS has announced the addition of 14 new countries served by UPS Worldwide Express. The express service is part of UPS’ international suite of shipping services that guarantees time- and day-definite delivery for urgent shippers. The sweeping expansion of global services also includes later pick-up times, improved time-in-transit and Saturday delivery in seven countries in ISMEA.
“We’re excited to announce that customers can now choose UPS to better compete globally with the time-definite services competitive businesses need,” said Nando Cesarone, president, UPS International. “By improving time-in-transit and increasing the number of countries served, our customers have more time-of-day delivery options to better meet their customers’ critical needs.”
The guaranteed time- and day-definite delivery improvements include South and Central America, including Panama where customers can benefit from the Colón Free Trade Zone, plus Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa by GDP and population.
UPS also grew its express services footprint within key markets by adding new postal codes in 26 European countries, as well as in other high-growth markets such as South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore, all of which have exceeded annual per capita GDP growth of 3.5 percent for the last 50 years.
“In addition to expanding its service area, UPS improved time in transit to 24 countries, primarily emerging markets, thereby increasing customers’ speed to market,” said Jean-Francois Condamine, UPS president of Growth and Emerging Markets. “This includes India, where UPS recently announced an investment to consolidate and strengthen its position by attaining full ownership in its express services in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.”
UPS also added Saturday delivery in seven ISMEA countries, later pick-up times in 22 European countries, and later cut-off times in five countries in Asia. Later pick-up times and cut-off times provide businesses benefits such as more time to focus on production and order fulfillment.
For customers with urgent freight needs, UPS Worldwide Express Freight Midday now offers time-definite delivery of international palletised shipments to over 39,000 new postal codes in Europe. The additional postal codes increases the footprint of this guaranteed service by five times, enabling shipments to over 35 countries and territories and the ability to receive packages from over 70 countries and territories.