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March 10, 2016 10:00 AM, EST
UPS Adds 23 Overseas Locations to Express Package Service
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

UPS Inc. has expanded its worldwide express package service to 23 additional countries and territories, creating an earlier guaranteed-delivery option for customers in locations that previously had only end-of-day guarantees.

The service is now available in 88 countries and territories, according to the package delivery company. UPS provides guaranteed delivery on the next possible business day by 10:30 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. depending on the destination. This move follows last year’s expansion of the service.

“The latest expansion covers growing markets like Colombia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, which are increasingly important to global trade,” Nick Basford, vice president of international marketing at UPS, said in a statement.

“Colombia has become a key market for U.S. exporters due to the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries,” Basford said. “Saudi Arabia is a large economy with a growing middle class. And Vietnam is emerging as a manufacturing powerhouse in the Asia Pacific region.”

World Trade Organization economists predict trade growth of nearly 4% this year, UPS said.

The company said it expects the service will be used by those with urgent international shipments, such as companies in the high-tech, retail and industrial manufacturing industries.

UPS ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.