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August 8, 2016 2:00 PM, EDT

UPS Expands Express Service

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

UPS Inc. announced it has expanded UPS Express package delivery service into new parts of the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa, adding a total of 52 new countries and territories.

The Atlanta-based company, which ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in the United States and Canada, also offers Express Plus service to 27 countries and the slower, less expensive Express Saver service to 220 countries and territories.

“With this latest expansion, the coverage area totals 117 countries [for UPS Express], which comprise nearly 95% of the global gross domestic product, and 96% of real imports,” Jim Barber, UPS International president, said in a statement.

The company highlighted the Dominican Republic, Albania and Myanmar as new locations in the latest expansion. Albania joins Armenia, Belarus, Cyprus, Georgia, Serbia and the Ukraine as new European countries that will get the service, which the company says is part of a $2 billion investment in European operations through 2019.

Myanmar is one of nearly a dozen countries in the Asia-Pacific region to get new service. Other countries that are part of the expansion include Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Colombia.