UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced a significant expansion of its UPS Worldwide Expedited ® service, a fast, reliable air service for international shipments. By tripling the coverage area the service now provides delivery in two-to-five business days to more than 220 countries and territories. This expansion will help UPS customers magnify their global reach and balance delivery speed with cost, no matter where they ship. "UPS Worldwide Expedited offers our customers a more economical, less time sensitive service that has many of the same benefits they get from our Worldwide Express service, including fast and efficient door-to-door delivery, tracking visibility and quick customs clearance provided by UPS's customs brokerage," said John Sutthoff, UPS vice president of international marketing. "Retail and consumer goods, industrial manufacturing and high-tech industry customers are finding the service especially attractive for the reliability and visibility supported by UPS's best in class IT and operating infrastructure." According to UPS, the volatile economic conditions of the last few years underscore the reason why companies should look to the global marketplace for stability and growth opportunities. "Companies that expand beyond their domestic borders are better insulated from economic downturns at home," said Sutthoff. "Even in today's sluggish economy, we have customers who are growing their businesses by doing what UPS did decades ago - going global." UPS first expanded outside the U.S. in the mid-1970s when the company began offering domestic shipping service in Canada and West Germany. Throughout the 1980s, UPS worked quickly to establish an integrated service network that could provide pick-up and delivery service all over the world. Recently, UPS has introduced other major international products and service enhancements including: UPS Worldwide Express FreightSM: In January, UPS launched a new express air freight service for urgent, time-sensitive and high-value international heavyweight shipments from 37 origins to 41 destination countries and territories. This new guaranteed, day-definite, door-to-door service is an extension of the UPS Worldwide Express package portfolio and offers customers a seamless experience between shipping express package and express freight. UPS Ocean Freight Services: Throughout 2012, UPS significantly expanded its direct less-than-container load (LCL) offering to more than 300 additional lanes in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America. With more than 1,700 direct LCL lanes servicing 116 countries, UPS continues to expand its ocean freight offering to meet growing market demands. UPS PaperlessTM Invoice: This year UPS implemented several enhancements to its WorldShip system capabilities to make it easier for customers to upload international shipping documentation created offline instead of attaching hard copies to the shipment, which can speed up the international shipping process, reduce paper use, increase efficiency, and minimize the risk of lost documentation. UPS Import ControlSM: Launched in 2010, this logistics solution provides greater control and visibility for importers over their inbound international supply chain that can aid in managing costs more effectively and minimizing customs clearance delays. UPS Import Control is available in over 145 countries and territories. "As global trade and e-commerce continue to expand, our customers will need access to new markets combined with the flexibility to ship their products in an economical manner," stated Sutthoff. "UPS's Worldwide Expedited expansion enables this access and will help companies of any size - importers and exporters alike - participate in this dynamic growth." For more information on UPS Worldwide Expedited, visit: http://bit.ly/upsWWE.