UPS may re-route Qatar cargo through Cologne air hub
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UPS says it is working closely with its customers to mitigate disruption following the suspension of deliveries to Qatar from Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
UPS, which has its regional headquarters in Dubai, took the decision after Qatar’s neighbours in the Middle East cut diplomatic and trade ties in a major political dispute.
"UPS is compliant with any measures or requirements as set out by the relevant government authorities,” UPS said in a statement to ASC.com. “We will continue to monitor the latest diplomatic developments for any potential service impact with regards to air, road and sea connections and will communicate with customers as additional information becomes available."
UPS has its European hub at Cologne/Bonn Airport in Germany, with Dubai as one of the primary transhipment points for cargoes bound to smaller Middle Eastern markets, such as Qatar.
UPS has not confirmed it, but a source said the global courier company is looking at establishing a temporary direct service between Cologne/Bonn and Doha.