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UPS Expands Expedited Ocean Freight Services

UPS has announced the expansion of its Preferred Less-Than-Container Load (PLCL) expedited ocean freight service to include Western Europe. In a bid to...

Freddie Pierce
|Mar 28|magazine4 min read

UPS has announced the expansion of its Preferred Less-Than-Container Load (PLCL) expedited ocean freight service to include Western Europe.

In a bid to allow customers new, more economical options to move goods quickly, UPS has secured additional port access in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, providing shippers up to 40 percent faster port-to-door delivery time to the U.S in comparison to UPS’s standard LCL service. 

The new service will offer customers the same visibility technologies used for package shipments, and also offers business gains to U.S. importers and European customers in the industrial, automotive, retail and healthcare industries, who will benefit from expedited ocean freight services.

"The expansion of our expedited ocean freight service comes at a time when many companies are considering other modes of transportation for their freight movements," said Keith Andrey, vice president, UPS ocean freight services. "In the two years that we've offered the PLCL service in Asia, we have seen a great deal of customer interest in an expedited ocean freight product. Now that we are expanding this service to Europe, we can help customers bridge the gap between the speed of air freight and the economy of ocean freight to better compete in the global market."

UPS's PLCL service was first launched in the spring of 2011. The time-in-transit improvements are the result of leveraging UPS's existing North American freight network. UPS continues to be a leader in the ocean freight market for expedited LCL services, providing service from 26 Asian ports and now four Western European ports.

*Transit times will vary based on origin, destination and commodity and is not guaranteed.