Global logistics service provider UPS and the Hong Kong Airport Authority (HKAA) have entered into an agreement that improves UPS service to customers and enhances the company's operations in Asia with a new hub at the Hong Kong International Airport and near the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
The new hub will serve as UPS Hong Kong's main facility for processing and sorting imports, exports, and transshipments, to and from Europe, the US, and other parts of Asia.
The hub is expected to be completed by 2028 and will be built on a land parcel of 20,000 square metres with direct access to aircraft.
In the announcement, UPS said the facility is being designed to handle close to 1 million tons of annual capacity, giving UPS and its customers around the world better and more reliable connectivity to Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area1, and the growing Asia Pacific consumer market.
"Hong Kong continues to be an engine of growth and a critical part of UPS's global smart logistics network," said Daryl Tay, president of UPS North Asia District.
"This new hub, along with our existing operations at Shenzhen Bao An Airport, demonstrate our continued commitment to Asia. We will continue to invest in areas of our network that bring unique value to our customers and create additional growth opportunities for UPS," he added.
The announcement said a fully automated facility, the hub will be powered by state-of-the-art sorting and scanning technology and boast environment-friendly features.
"This latest investment is part of UPS's expansion plans to support Greater Bay Area growth and better serve evolving customer needs and shipping demand across its air network," UPS said.
It added that this also allows UPS to optimize its existing operations in Hong Kong by streamlining some smaller and separately located facilities.
Continued investment in Asia
"UPS will continue to invest in Asia Pacific to serve its customers with stronger cross-border connectivity, greater capacity, and an industry-leading customer experience," the American multinational logistics company added.
It added that in recent years, UPS has made numerous network and facility enhancements across Asia, including Singapore, Japan, China, Vietnam, South Korea, and the Philippines.
UPS also launched UPS Premier, a 'white glove' shipping service targeted at healthcare customers who require precision logistics for patient-critical, time- and temperature-sensitive products.
UPS Premier is also available in seven countries in Asia, including Hong Kong, with more locations planned for launch next year.