UPS Reaffirms Commitment to Kenya With Expansion of Strategic Alliance
UPS has announced the consolidation of express and freight forwarding services through their existing authorized service contractor in Kenya, Freight in Time (FIT).
The announcement highlights UPS’s strategy to simplify doing business with the company by establishing a single point of contact for UPS services.
UPS’s small package service portfolio have been added to FIT’s current freight forwarding service contract with the international brand to enable growth for both companies and the region. Kenya is considered a hub for global trade and a catalyst for future growth, and the country is a strategic part of UPS’s international growth strategy. FIT’s expansion of services and recent facility investments will strengthen ties with Kenyan customers and offer a unified UPS brand experience, providing innovative, reliable and high quality end-to-end logistics solutions with brokerage services.
“Kenya is key to the logistics industry,” said Shamit Shah, CEO of FIT. “It has become the region’s logistics hub, and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has played an important role in this development.”
FIT recently invested $9 million dollars in its operations and has a 5,000 square meter warehousing facility with six offices in Kenya. From February 15 2016, FIT has handled UPS Express package services in Kenya.
FIT has also invested half a million dollars in a modern airside facility at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to handle and process shipments for express operations in Nairobi. The facility, which operates 24 hours, will support the small package courier service in Kenya.
“FIT continues to invest in operations in East Africa, and we are committed to providing customers with international import and export services through the UPS global shipping network,” said Shah. “Customers in Kenya can now benefit from our comprehensive solutions as well as the expertise and global network that UPS has to offer as a global logistics leader.”
FIT began operations in Kenya in 1998 and provides customers with a range of services including freight forwarding services, contract logistics and small package services. FIT has an extensive local footprint and is present in seven East African countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and South Sudan with its own offices in major airports, ports and border offices in the region.