UPS responds to British block on shipments
UPS shipments to the United Kingdom were blocked on June 17 after the British Department for Transport (DfT) said it found security flaws during a scheduled review. The DfT has not revealed which locations experienced security breaches or the nature of the issues.
“Following careful consideration, the department has restricted the number of sites in the U.K. at which UPS Ltd. are permitted to screen air cargo until it has satisfied current security requirements,” the Department for Transport said in a statement.
Responding to this block, UPS said it has enacted emergency plans and has communicated regularly with clients. The airfreight carrier anticipates service levels to resume to normal by the beginning of next week.
UPS also said that it is cooperating fully with the DfT. “UPS continues to work with all agencies around the world to maintain and enhance security and to balance necessary protections with the free flow of commerce, just as we have always done,” the company said in a statement.
Although the company won’t disclose any details about its security protocol, it did say that it “continues to assess the operation of its UK network to ensure full compliance of EU and UK security requirements.”