UPS Upgrades Technology To Simplify International Trade

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In an effort to ease the complexities of global trade, UPS has announced enhancements to a variety of Web-based technology tools.

For example, UPS has augmented the functionality of "My UPS" on ups.com to address the needs of small businesses. Any registered UPS customer can have quick access to package tracking, delivery services, billing and international shipping forms specific to their preferred origins and destinations, all from a single web page at MyUPS.com.

USP also has made some improvements in terms of international payments.

In July, customers will be able to use a credit card to pay for international shipments.

UPS also is enhancing its international billing options to allow a customer to determine who pays shipping charges and who pays duties and taxes when processing an international shipment.

Shipping charges may be paid by the shipper's UPS account, credit card, the receiver or a third party, while duties and taxes may be paid by the shipper's UPS account, the receiver or a third party. Users can also split up payment for duties and taxes if needed.

For larger, small package shippers, UPS is expanding the reach of Quantum View Manage from 23 countries and 16 languages to 31 countries and 20 languages.

Quantum View Manage provides inbound and outbound shipment information for both domestic and import/export shipments. The imports feature, currently available in the U.S., provides access to UPS customs brokerage data and clearance document images as well as tools (such as e-mail alerts) to help customs clearance and compliance.

Beginning in July and throughout 2006, UPS will expand the imports feature of Quantum View Manage to additional countries in a controlled, phased deployment. The countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Spain, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The exact timing of country deployments is subject to change depending upon market variables.

The Imports feature also is being enhanced in July to let users search up to one year of import data and to provide shipment tracking from the import shipment detail screen.

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