Friday, June 17, 2011

UPS Banned From Screening Air Freight in UK Due to Security Concerns

Undisclosed Security Issue a Problem
Shipping News Feature

UK – The British government has announced that they are banning logistics operator UPS from screening air freight in the country due to an unspecified ‘security problem’.

A spokesman for the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT ) said that:

“The safety of the travelling public is paramount and our security regime is kept under constant review. We can confirm that, following careful consideration, the Department has restricted the number of sites in the UK at which UPS Ltd are permitted to screen air cargo until it has satisfied current security requirements. For obvious security reasons we will not comment on the details.”

UPS has stated that they are "working to address the problems" identified and that some deliveries would be delayed.

In March, a hoax bomb — which had a timer, wires and a detonator — was shipped to Turkey via the UPS office in London.