Amgad Shehata

Amgad Shehata

Senior Vice President of International Public Affairs and Strategy at UPS

UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialised transportation and logistics services. Every day, it manages the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

“We believe that we can propel sustainable development and business performance at the same time. Helping countries to implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) allows us to do exactly that. Facilitating cross-border trade completely aligns with our customers’ needs while holding the promise of driving economic growth and creating a more equal society across the globe.

“Participating in the Alliance goes far beyond the typical business involvement in many other initiatives. It’s more than attending events, adding our logo to materials or giving sponsorship money. For example, in Colombia and Vietnam, our local UPS teams were sought out to take part in initial scoping missions, meeting with government agencies and local businesses to help identify issues at the border and develop targeted project proposals. As part of UPS’ broader drive to digitise cross-border trade, in these country projects and some others we’ve been tasked to collect and provide data to help build the case for governments to adopt more ambitious, modern electronic import risk management techniques.

“We have this expertise because we face these types of non-tariff barriers to trade around the world every day. The Alliance gives us a platform to lend that expertise to deliver real change and at the same time offers a great engagement and development opportunity for our staff.”