UPS extends international special commodities program to over 100 countries

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February 7, 2018: United Parcel Service (UPS) recently announced a major expansion to its International Special Commodities (ISC) program where customers will be able to ship biological substances, dangerous goods in excepted quantities, and shipments utilising dry ice to additional 50 global destinations. 

This brings the total number of countries served by UPS’s dangerous goods service to over 100 countries.

The latest expansion is a direct response to growing demands from biopharmaceutical manufacturers, diagnostics companies, laboratories, distributors and healthcare providers to ship specialised commodities, while security, time and temperature control remain a high priority.   

UPS is now able to pick up and deliver packages under regulation UN3373 (Biologic Substances, Category B, Diagnostic Specimen and Clinical Specimen) as well as UN1845 (Carbon Dioxide, solid or dry ice) across 51 additional countries and territories. 

The regions include, Afghanistan, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Oman, Albania, Djibouti, Kenya, Pakistan, Aruba, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, El Salvador, Lebanon, Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands), Barbados, Ethiopia, Liberia, Senegal, Belarus, Georgia, Republic Of Macedonia, Sri Lanka, Bosnia Herzegovina, Guam, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, Guatemala, Malta, Togo, Brune, India, Moldova, Trinidad & Tobago, Burkina Faso, Iraq, Montenegro, Uganda, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Zambia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, New Caledonia, Zimbabwe, Curacao, Jordan and Nigeria.

UN3373 and UN1845 guidelines are issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to regulate safe transportation of goods using air transportation. 

“The network expansion demonstrates our ongoing investment to build an optimised supply chain to meet the demand of our customers,” said Dan Gagnon, vice president of global healthcare strategy of UPS.

“As specimen logistics are getting more complex globally, organisations will need to rely on streamlined, end-to-end solutions that can help transport sensitive goods on time, undamaged and within temperature range,” said Gagnon.

Healthcare and life science companies shipping high-value, time-and-temperature-sensitive shipments to and from US and global markets have access to UPS Proactive Response Secure, a solution combining shipment monitoring and risk management to help mitigate product spoilage. 

The service helps critical shipments to reach their destinations, even if unexpected events occur, and covers potential losses if products are damaged or spoiled.

UPS delivers value to healthcare companies through its broad portfolio of specialised freight and small package transportation and distribution services. 

Meanwhile, its healthcare network offer services, including temperature-sensitive storage and transportation, around-the-clock monitoring and security, kitting and labeling as well as order management and accounts receivable. 

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