A UPS aircraft

A UPS aircraft

UPS’ Abu Dhabi facility

The UAE is a major hub for the company which has been constantly upgrading its facilities there

August 2015

United Parcel Service (UPS)’s new package sorting facility in Abu Dhabi will triple the existing sorting capacity, providing faster transit times for customers in Abu Dhabi and facilitating express shipments to major Middle East destinations and India by the end of the next business day, the company says
UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company and a provider of supply chain management solutions.

“This investment is part of our long-term commitment to the UAE and the customers in the region, helping them to connect to global markets even faster,” remarked Rachid Fergati, UPS country manager, after the opening.

UPS has been present in the Middle East since 1988 with its regional headquarters in the UAE. The company’s network in the Middle East, Africa and India region comprises more than 300 operating facilities across 70 countries.

A total of 16 weekly UPS flights from Dubai International Airport connect customers in the region to the EU, US, and Asia.

This expansion is the latest investment in the growing UPS presence in the region.

In 2014, UPS relocated its contract logistics operations to a multi-purpose facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai, doubling its warehousing capacity.

In the same year UPS Worldwide Express Freight service was introduced to customers for urgent, time-sensitive and high-value international heavyweight shipments to and from the UAE, stated Fergati.

“This is in addition to UPS’s full portfolio of express shipping services, customs brokerage services, and state-of-the-art tracking technology,” he added.

The company’s first quarter global revenue grew 1.4 per cent year-on-year, to reach $14.0 billion, tempered by foreign currency headwinds. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, the top line grew 3.6 per cent driven by UPS’ revenue management initiatives. The company’s efforts to improve profitability and fuel tailwinds paid off during the quarter, with operating income increasing 11 per cent, to $1.7 billion.

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