UPS’s expertise lies in connecting individuals, organizations and businesses in more than 220 countries and territories. As the flow of goods and services continues to increase around the world, so must the capacity and efficiency of our robust global network.
We believe that connecting people and markets has the power to create wealth, jobs and international cooperation. Our position as a global logistics provider affords us with unique insight into the shared value open markets create. So we continually advocate for fair and open trade through a variety of venues including the President’s Export Council and the Business Roundtable, organizations of which our Chairman and CEO, David Abney, is a member. We also understand that greater economic prosperity often means a greater amount of resources are being used. And while we’re committed to making global trade more accessible, we will not do so at the expense of the environment.
A New Asian Partnership
Partnerships will be a key element of the next chapter of trade. UPS is building nontraditional alliances, such as the one forged in 2017 with China’s S.F. Express. Through this exciting joint venture, UPS and S.F. Express joined forces to provide unmatched service in the world’s largest markets, including China. The two companies collaborate, develop, and provide international delivery services, leveraging our complementary networks, service portfolios, technologies, and logistics expertise. Through our Universal Growth Provider program, UPS has also established new partnerships in economies such as China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam to create new opportunities for local businesses to support more efficient first- and last-mile deliveries.
Trade Advocacy for a Connected World
Government policies can either facilitate or hinder the ability of our customers to connect with markets around the world. As governments wrestle with a growing volume of low-value imports —and the tax, competition, and security issues associated with those flows — UPS is sharing our deep expertise in trade facilitation with leaders at the country, regional, and global levels.
Our policy experts also serve as the voice of the customer when there are opportunities to advocate for agreements that facilitate more global trade. UPS is actively engaged to ensure our trade policy reflects the way trade takes place today. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was first negotiated before the e-commerce era, and we are working to ensure a NAFTA 2.0 includes digital trade provisions and 21st-century border processes that efficiently and safely move the increased flow of goods.
Technology enables small and medium-sized businesses to access markets around the world like never before, yet they frequently face complex challenges with import and export procedures. New policies that better enable e-commerce will remove some of these obstacles.
We made progress toward this end in December 2017, when 70 World Trade Organization members, including the United States, began work to improve the cross-border e-commerce environment, building on work UPS has undertaken over the past year alongside platform companies, retailers, and other logistics providers.
Meanwhile, the earlier WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) continues to serve as a road map to improved customs practices for countries around the world. UPS commends the more than 120 countries and territories that have ratified the TFA, raising standards for customs processing and allowing exports to reach their destinations more quickly and efficiently. To support the ambitious implementation of this agreement, UPS will continue to work with public- and private-sector partners to help countries, particularly developing countries, meet TFA’s key provisions.