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UPS Launches Service Enhancements to Provide Better Global Connectivity for Chinese Exporters

Enhancements build on 30 years of UPS commitment to boosting Chinese export manufacturers’ competitiveness

SHANGHAI, October 10, 2018 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced new service enhancements across eight cities in China to provide export manufacturers with stronger connectivity to the global market. The improvements are part of UPS’s multi-year plan for China, with the current round of enhanced services focusing on second and third tier cities, which comprise 59 percent of country’s GDP and 73 percent of its population1.

“As China shifts its focus from a manufacturing-heavy economic model to a services-led one, some manufacturing industries have migrated from top-tier cities to second and third tier ones due to the increasing costs of labor and operations,” said Harld Peters, President of UPS China. “UPS’s service enhancements fulfill the growing needs of export manufacturers located in the lower-tier cities, such as Nantong, which has seen its GDP grow from RMB 455.8 billion in 2012 to RMB 773.4 billion in 20172.”

Most recent enhancements impact customers in Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Quanzhou, Jiaxing, Wenzhou, Shaoxing, Nantong, and the surrounding areas of these eight cities, who now benefit from the following improvements:

  • Extended cut-off time by up to four hours for export shipment pick-ups, giving manufacturers wider production windows and greater flexibility to finalize orders
  • Faster transit times from China to key overseas markets in the US, Europe and Asia; with most shipments that are bound for US and intra-Asia reaching their destinations within 24 hours
  • Prompt release and more efficient customs clearance for export and import shipments, including simplified declaration formalities and lower customs inspection ratio, as a result of UPS’s Advanced Certified Enterprise (ACE) and General Certified Enterprise (GCE) certifications under China’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) scheme
  • The addition of nine new Boeing 747-8Fs by end-2018 to provide greater intercontinental air cargo capacity for customers throughout the year

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of UPS operations in China. Over the past three decades, UPS has focused on enabling the success of Chinese businesses by anticipating shifts in the global and Chinese economies, as Chinese manufacturing transforms from a labor-intensive manufacturing model to a capital-intensive, innovation-driven Made in China 2.0 economy.

“China’s reform and opening up over the past four decades and the Belt and Road initiative have demonstrated the country’s commitment to facilitating global economic integration and economic growth; the 7.9 percent year-on-year increase in China's total import and export value3 in the first half of 2018 reinforces China’s potential as a major trading power,” Peters added. “We are very optimistic about China’s long-term growth opportunities and will continue to invest in this market.”

Earlier this year, UPS also launched UPS Worldwide Express FreightTM Midday, and expanded its UPS Worldwide ExpressTM package service in 57 countries and territories. As industries in China continue to transform, UPS remains committed to providing faster, flexible and more efficient solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at ups.com® or pressroom.ups.com and its corporate blog can be found at longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_Asia on Twitter, UPS 中国动态 on WeChat, and UPS中国 on Sina Weibo.

1. https://www.morganstanley.com/ideas/china-small-cities-economic-growth

2. http://www.china-briefing.com/news/2018/08/01/chinas-fastest-growing-cities.html

3. http://english.customs.gov.cn/statics/2af24093-1edb-45b7-9b72-4918948954af.html