UPS enhances its international services

UPS has announced the addition of origin labeling to UPS Trade Direct Air and Ocean services. UPS Trade Direct solution allows importers and manufacturers to bypass distribution centers by adding the final destination label to individual packages for immediate last mile delivery. Leveraging the UPS global network, the service provides consolidation of international freight, air, ocean and ground transportation, customs clearance and direct delivery to multiple addresses within the destination country, through a single source.

“Shifting customs regulations around the world make international e-commerce challenging,” said Cindy Miller, president of UPS Global Freight Forwarding. “This investment in our technology will help keep shippers fully compliant with destination rules and regulations.”

“Origin labeling provides greater flexibility to both importers and exporters,” said Keith Andrey, Global Freight Forwarding vice president of Air and Ocean Products. “Labeling at origin reduces transit time by roughly one day and allows customers to use in-transit goods as a ‘floating warehouse’ during transoceanic voyages.”

UPS Trade Direct origin labeling is available to all UPS customers and can be monitored using Flex Global View, UPS’s tracking tool for freight shipments. This service is initially available on select Asia to US trade lanes. The company states that further capability expansion will be rolled out in the near future according to market demand.