UPS expands global express freight service as air cargo demand rises

UPS expands global express freight service as air cargo demand rises

UPS is expanding its Worldwide Express Freight service, adding new origin and destination points for palletized express air freight shipments as international trade grows.

The second-largest global transport operator added 12 new origin and nine destination countries to the time-sensitive door-to-door freight service. UPS launched Worldwide Express Freight with 37 origin and 41 destination countries in January 2013. The new total is 50 origin and 51 destination countries and territories, Atlanta-based UPS said in a statement.

The expansion comes as stronger growth in international trade lifts global air freight volumes, according to the International Air Transport Association. IATA expects global air freight markets to grow 4.5 percent in 2015, outpacing a 4 percent increase in world trade.

UPS’s global freight service rides piggyback on the company’s package network, allowing industrial shippers to use the UPS airplane fleet to move pallets of freight weighing more than 150 pounds. Shippers rely on the express freight service to launch products, quickly fill inventory shortages or expedite delivery of equipment failure replacement parts.

“Worldwide Express Freight helps customers get everything, from parts to finished goods, to more destinations fast, enabling businesses of all sizes to better compete on a global scale,” Nick Basford, UPS vice president of international marketing, said in a statement.

The freight service — which speeds most goods to destinations within two days — offers many of the same features as UPS's express package service, including automated shipment preparation, online tracking and proactive notification technology, the company said. UPS handles customs, and consolidates freight and package shipments into one bill.

Countries added to the origin list for the guaranteed, day-definite delivery service include Chile, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Turkey and Vietnam. New destinations include Chile, Indonesia, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Vietnam.

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