UPS Expands Shipping Options to Europe with Trade Direct Service

U.S. goods bound for Europe clear customs as consolidated unit before being individually shipped to destinations

U.S. goods bound for Europe clear customs as consolidated unit before being individually shipped to destinations

Atlanta  March 27, 2006  UPS has completed the rollout of its Trade Direct air and ocean services to facilitate export shipments from the United States and Canada to Europe.

Trade Direct services are intended to help companies streamline their supply chains by making it easier to move through customs those goods that are destined for multiple locations but transported in one shipment.

"Trade Direct eliminates the need for client distribution centers in the receiving country for breaking apart freight shipments, minimizing handling and carrying costs," UPS said in announcing the service expansion to cover North American goods headed to Europe.

Here's how Trade Direct works: Goods bound for Europe are individually packaged, labeled for delivery and then combined into one freight shipment. After moving by airplane or ship, the goods clear customs as a consolidated unit. That unit is then separated back into individual parcels or less than truckload (LTL) shipments, bypassing warehouse stops, and placed directly into the UPS small package system or into an LTL trucking line for final delivery.

As UPS handles the goods throughout this process, customers know where their shipments have last been scanned via UPS's tracking and shipping notification technology.

Expanding Services

This latest expansion follows the implementation of the service in 2004 along other major routes. UPS launched Trade Direct services outbound from Europe to the United States in January 2005 as well as inbound from Asia to Europe in June 2005. A ground cross-border service also is available between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

"Businesses of all sizes are recognizing that their success is closely tied to the effective management of their supply chains," said Bob Stoffel, senior vice president at UPS' Supply Chain Group. "By using inbound and outbound Trade Direct services, our customers can efficiently accelerate trade along these key lanes between Canada, the U.S. and Europe."

North America and Europe stand at the nexus of global trade. In 2004 alone, the United States and the European Union exchanged $441.5 billion in goods, while Canada's two-way trade with Europe reached $62.9 billion.

With Trade Direct, UPS said its customers in the U.S. and Canadian markets now will be able to ship goods faster and more efficiently to Europe. The service offers a single point of contact, one shipping invoice and supply chain visibility through UPS Flex Global View technology, which provides tracking information at critical shipment milestones throughout the process.

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