UPS has opened a new international hub in Shanghai in a bid to improve access to China and speed up the movement of express packages and heavy freight around the world.
The facility is located at the Pudong International Airport in the Yangtze River Delta area and features what the company says is the largest on-site 24/7 customs inspection area in Shanghai.
The customs risk management system merges UPS information with customs to identify high-risk items for inspection, helping to minimise unnecessary checks and speed up shipment clearance for delivery.
It is equipped with advanced technology enabling automated import and export inspection, which increases overall package flow efficiency as specific packages can be routed off the main conveyor belts for inspection without impacting the flow of the remaining packages.
The hub features 117 conveyor belts and 47 docking bays and has a package sorting capacity of 17,000 parcels per hour.
Dan Brutto, president of UPS international, said: “Everything about this facility was built for speed and reliability. Linked now to our vast integrated transport network, it opens wider the doors of commerce with China.”
Wu Nian Zu, chairman and president of the Shanghai Airport Authority, who was present at the opening ceremony, added: “As the world’s third largest airport by cargo tonnage, and with annual growth of 11.5 per cent, 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 China.”