UPS opens Shenzhen hub

UPS has started operations at two new air hubs: the Shenzhen Asia Pacific Hub (SAPH) in China and the expanded UPS Worldport global air hub in Louisville (US).

SAPH is located at Shenzhen Baoan International Airport in China’s Pearl River Delta and it replaces the UPS hub in Clark (The Philippines).

The hub cost US$180 million and its location means a reduction of a day for shipment time-in-transit for customers in the region, says UPS.

“We want to be where our customers need us most,” said Dan Brutto, president. “Since we began flying directly to China in 2001, we have watched this region grow exponentially not only from a small package perspective but also in heavy airfreight. Given the growth in shipping along the southern rim of China, it now makes more sense to sort and dispatch this volume from a hub closer to our customers.”

The Shenzhen hub can process up to 18,000 pieces per hour – compared to 7,500 pieces per hour at the former Philippine facility – and this can be increased up to 36,000 pieces per hour.

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