UPS Reaffirms Commitment to Kenya Through Expansion of Strategic Alliance with Freight In Time

KE 02/19/16

Nairobi

Global logistics leader, UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced the consolidation of both express and freight forwarding services through their existing authorized service contractor, Freight in Time (FIT). The announcement, made at a customer event in Nairobi, highlights UPS’s strategy to simplify doing business with the company by establishing a single point of contact for UPS services.

UPS’s small package service portfolio have been added to FIT’s current freight forwarding service contract with the international brand to enable  growth  for both  companies and the region. Kenya is considered a hub for global trade and a catalyst for future growth, and the country is a strategic part of UPS’s international growth strategy. FIT’s expansion of services and recent facility investments will strengthen ties with Kenyan customers and offer a unified UPS® brand  experience, providing innovative, reliable and high quality end-to-end logistics solutions with brokerage services.

Shamit Shah, CEO of FIT said, “Kenya is key to the logistics industry; it has become the region’s logistics hub, and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has played an important role in this development.”

FIT recently invested nine million dollars in its operations and has a 5,000 square meter warehousing facility with six offices in Kenya. From February 15th 2016, FIT also handles UPS Express package services in Kenya. In addition to the expansion of services, FIT has invested half of a million dollars in a modern airside facility at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to handle and process shipments for express operations in Nairobi. The facility, which operates 24 hours, will support the small package courier service in Kenya. As the hub for the East Africa region, round-the-clock customs presence will help improve the turnaround time of customs clearance. Boosting quality control, an additional 46 staff members have been employed to help ensure customers in the region receive high quality service

“FIT continues to invest in operations in East Africa, and we are committed to providing customers with international import and export services through the UPS global shipping network. Customers in Kenya can now benefit from our comprehensive solutions as well as the expertise and global network that UPS has to offer as a global logistics leader,” Shah added.

Jean-Francois Condamine, President of the Indian Subcontinent Middle East and Africa district for UPS, said “The extension of our partnership with FIT, a strategic regional logistics provider in East African countries, clearly demonstrates our long-term commitment to our valued customers in Kenya. With 109 years of logistics heritage, UPS has the technology and expertise to support FIT to offer reliable bundled  solutions to customers in Kenya.”
FIT began operations in Kenya in 1998 and provides customers with a range of services including freight forwarding services, contract logistics and small package services. UPS’s innovative solutions help FIT offer an efficient, reliable service with flexible pick-up and delivery times. 

With about 435,000 employees worldwide and 108 years of logistics expertise, UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and one of the leading global providers of specialized transportation and logistics services.. UPS continues to invest in operations in East Africa and is committed to providing its customers with international import and export services through its global shipping network.

Through access to a global network serving over 220 countries and territories, UPS is invested in the success of a daily delivery average of about 18 million packages and documents, aligningthemselves with customers to help ensure better business through an improved supply chain and process.

FIT has been a UPS® Authorized Service Contractor (ASC) since 2005 and serves customers in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Djibouti and South Sudan.

About Freight In Time

Freight In Time (FIT) is a  fully integrated regional logistics solution provider with their headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. FIT has an extensive  local footprint and is present in seven East African countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and South Sudan with its own offices in major airports, ports and border offices in the region.

FIT has years of experience in international Express delivery and Supply Chain Solutions. Its network of offices throughout the region provides its customers with a seamless solution and enables them to synchronize transport modes and develop tailor-made supply chain solutions. In addition with brokerage expertise and warehousing services (3PL and 4PL services), The company offers regional cross border Air/Road Freight, Full Truck Load (FTL) and Less than Container Load (LCL) end-to-end solutions. FIT is a regional AEO certified logistics company and also offers IOR (Importer of Record) and EOR (Exporter of Record) solutions for customs clearance.. FIT is a specialist in handling time and temperature sensitive movements and has expertise in managing humanitarian aid deliveries and pharmaceutical movements across East Africa.. The company can be found on the Web at www.freightintime.com and contacted by email fitsales@freight-in-time.com.

About UPS

UPS( NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at Longitudes.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

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