UPS Added More Than 300 Direct Less-Than-Container Load Ocean Lanes in 2012 to Meet Global Demand

Fri Feb 8, 2013 3:03pm EST

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Top NVOCC Expands Direct Less-Than-Container-Load (LCL) Ocean Freight Offering
to More Than 1,700 Lanes Worldwide
ATLANTA--(Business Wire)--
UPS (NYSE: UPS) expanded its direct LCL offering to more than 300 additional
lanes in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America during 2012.
With more than 1,700 direct LCL lanes servicing 116 countries, UPS continues to
expand its ocean freight offering to meet the growing market demands. 

"UPS offers LCL services from virtually any origin and destination in the
world," said Andy Huckbody, vice president of UPS Ocean Freight Services. "By
enhancing our direct LCL offering, we`re giving our customers access to more
reliable and predictable ocean freight service in more markets. In Asia alone,
we added 139 outbound lanes, including 68 from China, to connect retailers and
industrial suppliers in Europe and North America to new global markets. Given
the increased access to Panama and its presence as one of the fastest growing
economies in Latin America, we added direct LCL lanes to this geography as

UPS also added direct LCL service from countries that importers are turning to
for lower labor cost sourcing such as Vietnam, where UPS added 10 outbound
direct LCL lanes to the U.S., Europe and intra-Asia in 2012. 

"Expanded LCL lanes also enable companies to continue to mode shift from heavy
air freight by reducing overall transportation spend as companies look for cost
savings," added Huckbody. 

Additional enhancements to the UPS direct LCL offering included 12 inbound and
outbound lanes to Busan, South Korea to meet demand stemming from the Free Trade
Agreement signed between the U.S. and South Korea in March 2012. The Europe
region experienced the second-largest increase in outbound lanes, with UPS
adding 81 direct LCL lanes from the area. 

"Companies in the European Union are looking to high-growth emerging markets for
expansion. UPS has enabled Europe`s industrial manufacturing companies to reach
emerging markets including 12 countries in Asia/Subcontinent, 10 countries in
Middle East/Africa and 11 countries in Latin America, including Mexico, Brazil
and Chile," added Huckbody. 

UPS`s direct LCL global enhancements in 2012 included the following lanes:

* 139 Asia outbound lanes 
* 91 Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) outbound lanes 
* 42 Intra-Asia lanes 
* 36 Intra-EMEA lanes 
* 33 North American outbound lanes 
* 15 Latin American outbound lanes 
* 7 Intra-Latin American lanes

"The global economic landscape is constantly changing and we plan to add more
direct LCL lanes throughout 2013 to address these evolving market needs," said
Huckbody. "Our comprehensive ocean freight portfolio and extensive relationships
with major global carriers with whom we have contracted space allocations helps
enable our customers to have maximum flexibility, constant access, reliability
and competitive rates for their ocean freight movements. As a complete logistics
provider, we also offer full-container-load, Preferred LCL and International Air
Freight services to meet our customers` needs regardless of origin and

As a global freight forwarder and one of the world's Top 10 U.S. Non-Vessel
Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs), UPS provides a complete portfolio of ocean
freight services ranging from transportation to a Supplier Management service
that handles overseas vendors and orders. To learn more about UPS's ocean
freight offerings and access our global freight services videos, visit 

UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of
solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation
of international trade, and the deployment of 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
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