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UPS has started offering a new ocean freight service that promises up to 20%  faster door-to-door delivery than other less-than-container-load (LCL) services on the market, according to the Shipping Gazette.

UPS’s Preferred LCL Ocean Freight service combines UPS’s North American ground network with containerised ocean services to provide Container Freight Station (CFS) to door delivery from Japan to the United States in 11 to 18 days, depending upon the destination, the report said.

After arriving at a US West Coast port, preferred LCL ocean shipments will move to a trucking network operated by UPS to support air freight. In the case of US east coast destinations, the preferred service will cut five to six days off the transit time compared to the standard service, the company said.

In addition to speed, UPS’s Preferred LCL Ocean Freight service gives businesses full shipment visibility via UPS’s technology solutions such as Quantum View Manage or Flex Global View. UPS uses handheld scanners and information management systems to capture and transmit pick-up and delivery information not typically available for ocean shipments.

“Greater visibility and faster transit times in ocean freight drive increased global commerce opportunities for companies in numerous industries that want to capture the economies of ocean freight without sacrificing speed and service,”  Jimmy Crabbe, vice president of ocean freight services at UPS was quoted saying.

–Source: Shipping Gazette

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