UPS expands strategic alliance in Kenya

UPS announced the consolidation of both express and freight forwarding services in Kenya through the company’s existing authorized service contractor, Freight in Time (FIT).

UPS’s small package service portfolio has been added to FIT’s current freight forwarding service contract with the intention to enable growth for both companies and the region. According to the announcement, Kenya is considered a hub for global trade and a catalyst for future growth with the country forming a strategic part of UPS’s international growth strategy. FIT’s expansion of services and recent facility investments are planned to strengthen ties with Kenyan customers and offer end-to-end logistics solutions with brokerage services.

Shamit Shah, CEO of FIT said, “Kenya is key to the logistics industry; it has become the region’s logistics hub, and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has played an important role in this development.”

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. The company recently invested US$9m in its operations and has a 5,000 sq m warehousing facility with six offices in Kenya. From February 15th 2016, FIT also handles UPS Express package services in Kenya. In addition to the expansion of services, FIT has invested half of 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, is planned to support the small package courier service in Kenya.

Jean-Francois Condamine, President of the Indian Subcontinent Middle East and Africa district for UPS, said “The extension of our partnership with FIT, a strategic regional logistics provider in East African countries, clearly demonstrates our long-term commitment to our valued customers in Kenya. With 109 years of logistics heritage, UPS has the technology and expertise to support FIT to offer reliable bundled solutions to customers in Kenya.”

Source: UPS