COMPETITION WATCH: UPS introduces new trade management tools

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ATLANTA, Ga. — UPS has introduced two new web-based trade management tools it said will help businesses better manage their customs clearance process for package shipments.

UPS TradeAbility(TM) aims to help international shippers quickly and easily identify specific country tariff codes to calculate duties necessary for customs clearance, generate cost estimates for duties, taxes and transportation, and locate compliance information for 34 countries.

Quantum View(SM) Manage, UPS’s popular package visibility service, has been enhanced to help U.S. importers clear shipments into the country, audit cleared shipments for correct classification and electronically archive shipment data.

“With the rapidly changing regulatory environment, managing cross-border shipping is complicated,” said Kurt Kuehn, UPS senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing. “UPS TradeAbility and Quantum View Manage for importers both simplify the process to improve regulatory compliance and transform international trade from a daunting challenge into a competitive advantage.”

UPS TradeAbility is available on or can be integrated into a customer’s business applications or Web site using Web Services, a technology that allows developers to more easily link computers, software and networks through standard interfaces, says the company.

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