Facility "Built for Speed and Reliability;" Accelerates Flow of Express
Packages, Heavy Freight
SHANGHAI, China - UPS
today placed in service a new international hub here, improving access to China
and speeding the movement of express packages and heavy freight around the
The facility is strategically located at the Pudong International Airport,
right in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta area, and now becomes the key
gateway linking China to UPS's global network.
It features the largest on-site 24/7 customs inspection area in Shanghai and
was built to a unique design that facilitates rapid handling of express packages
in addition to heavy freight.
"Everything about this facility was built for speed and reliability," said Dan
Brutto, president of UPS International. "Linked now to our vast integrated
transportation network, it opens wider the doors of commerce with China. We
believe Shanghai will become an even more attractive business location because
our customers will recognize the importance of a world-class UPS facility that
provides rapid access to the world."
Joining Brutto at a special opening ceremony today were Mr. Wu Nian Zu,
Chairman and President of the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA); Derek Woodward,
president of UPS Asia Pacific Region, and Richard Loi, the head of UPS
Mr. Wu, Chairman of SAA, said, "As the world's third largest airport by cargo
tonnage, and with annual growth of 11.5%, Shanghai Pudong International Airport
offers a well-established air network that connects 179 international and
domestic cities. The opening of the UPS hub, the first foreign-run hub in the
West Cargo Handling Area, further accelerates the implementation of the national
Shanghai Aviation Hub Strategy, strengthens the position of the airport and
boosts the economic development in Shanghai, the Yangtze River Delta and
The hub features 117 conveyor belts and 47 docking bays and has a package
sorting capacity of 17,000 pieces per hour. It also is designed, however, for
simultaneous rapid processing of heavy freight, recognizing the different types
of business done by importers and exporters in China.
To speed the processing of packages and freight, UPS collaborated with
Shanghai Customs to deploy an industry-first customs risk management system at
the facility. By merging UPS information with Customs to identify high-risk
items for inspection, the system minimizes unnecessary checks and expedites
shipment clearance for delivery to recipients.
The dedicated customs area is equipped with advanced technology enabling
automated import and export inspection, thereby increasing overall package flow
efficiency. With a touch of a button, specific packages can be routed off the
main conveyor belts for inspection without impacting the flow of the remaining
With its high sorting capacity, the hub improves delivery times for customers
in eastern China by a full day. In addition, pick-up times for express and cargo
shipments in Shanghai will be pushed back by one hour and four hours,
respectively, so customers have greater flexibility in shipment preparations.
Another industry-first feature is the "Shipper Build Area" at the General
Cargo Handling Area, which allows customers to perform on-site packaging before
goods are loaded on the aircraft. This eliminates the current industry practice
of processing goods at a separate facility, once again saving time. It also
improves service to customers who ship items requiring special handling, such as
"China is UPS's top international priority," said Loi, the head of UPS China.
"We have continued a steady path of expansion here and this latest facility
stands as a strong testament to our long-term commitment. We are grateful for
the leadership of Chairman Wu and the strong support of the Chinese government,
without which today's event would not have been possible."
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a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global
trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in
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