ATLANTA, Feb. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced a major expansion to its International Special Commodities (ISC) program. Customers can ship biological substances, dangerous goods in excepted quantities, and shipments utilizing dry ice via UPS to more than 50 additional international destinations. This brings the total number of countries served by UPS’s dangerous goods service to more than 100.

This latest expansion is a direct response to growing demands from biopharmaceutical manufacturers, diagnostics companies, laboratories, distributors and care providers to ship specialized commodities when security, time and temperature control are a high priority.   

UPS is now able to pick up and deliver packages under regulation UN3373 (Biologic Substances, Category B, Diagnostic Specimen and Clinical Specimen) as well as UN1845 (Carbon Dioxide, solid or dry ice) in the following 51 added countries and territories:

Afghanistan** Cyprus Kazakhstan Oman
Albania Djibouti Kenya Pakistan‡
Aruba Egypt Kuwait Qatar
Bahrain El Salvador Lebanon Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands)**‡
Barbados Ethiopia Liberia** Senegal
Belarus Georgia, Republic Of Macedonia Sri Lanka
Bosnia Herzegovina Guam Malawi Tanzania
Botswana** Guatemala Malta Togo**
Brunei India Moldova Trinidad & Tobago
Burkina Faso** Iraq Montenegro Uganda
Cameroon Ivory Coast Namibia** Zambia
Costa Rica† Jamaica New Caledonia** Zimbabwe
Curacao Jordan Nigeria  

UN3373 and UN1845 are guidelines issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to regulate the safe transportation of goods using air transportation modes. A full list of approved countries and categories accepted by UPS can be found here.

“This network expansion demonstrates our ongoing investments to continually build out an optimized supply chain to meet our customers’ demands,” said Dan Gagnon, UPS vice president of global healthcare strategy. “As specimen logistics get more complex globally, organizations will need to rely on streamlined, end-to-end solutions that can help transport sensitive goods on time, undamaged and within temperature range.”

Healthcare and life science companies shipping high-value, time- and temperature-sensitive shipments to, from and within the U.S. and global markets have access to UPS Proactive Response Secure – a solution combining shipment monitoring and risk management to help mitigate product spoilage. The service helps critical shipments reach their destinations even if unexpected events occur, and covers potential losses if products are damaged or spoiled.

UPS delivers value to healthcare companies through a broad portfolio of specialized freight and small package transportation and distribution services. UPS’s healthcare network also offers services such as temperature-sensitive storage and transportation, around-the-clock monitoring and security, kitting and labeling as well as order management and accounts receivable. Services across all locations are accessible via one global IT order management platform.

About UPS Healthcare

UPS provides global supply chain solutions and expertise to pharmaceutical, biopharma and medical device companies. UPS has approximately 7 million square feet of cGMP- or cGDP-compliant healthcare distribution space. UPS also maintains one of the world’s largest networks of field stocking locations with approximately 950 sites. For parcels requiring strict temperature environments, from CRT to cryogenic, and those requiring around-the-clock monitoring, UPS has solutions such as UPS Temperature True™ and UPS Proactive Response™ services. UPS is committed to expanding its healthcare capabilities including recent acquisitions of Marken, CEMELOG and Poltraf, to meet the complex and evolving supply chain needs of the healthcare and life science sectors. Visit

** Import delivery only
† Export airport drop-off only (no pick up)
‡ UN1845 Dry Ice Does Not Apply

David Graves, UPS Public Relations

Chris Glazier, MSL Group