UPS highlighted enhancements to its service and portfolio in China at a recent roundtable session with several business and trade media, hosted by Ross McCullough, President of UPS Asia Pacific Region, and Harld Peters, President of UPS China.
This announcement comes as the Chinese government increases its focus on imports to encourage greater bilateral trade between its major partners:
- Faster delivery for import shipments cleared via informal entry to Beijing and Tianjin from Europe and intra-Asia by up to one day to accelerate cross-border import trade.
- Expanded UPS Worldwide Express to more postal codes in 22 cities across China since January this year; customers with time-sensitive shipment needs can now opt to have their import packages delivered by 10:30 AM.
- UPS My Choice® package-delivery management service introduced to give Chinese consumers shopping from international e-tailers greater control over their deliveries.
- Four daily flights to UPS’s Shenzhen Intra-Asia Hub and Hong Kong upsized to new Boeing 747-8 aircraft, which offer 15 percent greater capacity than previous Boeing 747-400s; UPS operates 16 daily flights to support customers with import shipment needs through gateways in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
“China’s fast-growing middle class and their rapid adoption of ecommerce is fueling more imports into China; creating opportunities for businesses looking to serve this dynamic market, and driving the demand for reliable and timely delivery services. UPS’s global network and our unmatched capabilities help connect businesses looking to sell to China, and provide locally-based companies the flexibility to import and export goods effectively.”
Ross McCullough, President of UPS Asia Pacific Region
As an example, the expansion of alcohol shipping to China last year in combination with the recently introduced UPS My Choice enables alcoholic beverage e-tailers to deliver a stronger customer experience as online alcohol sales continue to rise year on year.
Customers of these high-value shipments also benefit from UPS technology and security controls that provide visibility throughout the shipment journey, giving them a peace of mind.
Europe to China Rail
With one integrated network supported by multimodal transportation, UPS has also added eight new stations to its intercontinental UPS Preferred® rail service connecting China and Europe.
The three new stops in China are in Hefei, Xiamen, and Xi’an, while five new stops were added in Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland.
The logistics integrator first introduced its China-Europe rail service in 2014, and has expanded its rail stops annually since then to strengthen connectivity and provide more flexible transportation solutions for businesses.
UPS has served businesses in China for 30 years, and currently operates more than 225 facilities across the country.
With more than 220 weekly UPS flights to and from its strategically located hubs in Shenzhen and Shanghai, these latest enhancements further strengthen the competitiveness of businesses with import shipment needs.
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