UPS and China’s SF Express Announce Joint Venture (UPS)

United Parcel Service (UPS) is teaming up with SF Holding, the parent company of China’s biggest package distribution specialist SF Express, in a bid to better capitalize on the international delivery boom currently sweeping across the People’s Republic. The two companies announced the joint venture in a statement Friday.

According to the Wall Street Journal, both companies will invest $5 million each to establish the joint venture, which will initially be based in Hong Kong and, pending regulatory approval, eventually relocated to mainland China.“This joint venture will support products that provide competitive benefits to our Chinese customers who trade or seek to trade internationally,” said Ross McCullough, President of UPS Asia Pacific. “Our combined efforts will result in new logistics products and services to simplify and accelerate B2B and B2C customers’ cross-border trade.” (See also: United Parcel Adds Stations, Extends China-Europe Rail Route.)

UPS has already built up a sizeable presence in the People’s Republic — in the first quarter it reportedly grew its business in the country by 30 percent. However, McCullough believes that teaming up with SF Express, which boasts over 13,000 service points across China, is necessary to further bolster the Atlanta-based company’s ability to take full advantage of the world’s largest and fastest growing package delivery market. “They have a footprint in China that’s amazing; we have a global network they don’t have,” he said to the Journal. (See also: United Parcel (UPS) Beats Q1 Earnings, Revenue Estimates.)

The joint venture will initially specialize in providing delivery services from China to U.S., although plans have also been made to eventually expand those capabilities to other Asian countries and Europe.

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