UPS Resumes Service in Japan’s Iwate Prefecture After Quake

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), the world’s biggest package-delivery company, is resuming the remainder of services halted in Japan’s Iwate prefecture after the March earthquake and tsunami.

Pickups and deliveries in the affected areas will restart today, said Susan Rosenberg, a spokeswoman. Fukushima is the only region where some UPS services remain suspended, she said.

The restoration “has to do with businesses and our customers getting back to work in those areas so that they’re going to be shipping and receiving,” Rosenberg said in a telephone interview. She didn’t know whether government restrictions had affected UPS’s timetable for restarting.

The March 11 temblor and tsunami left more than 20,000 people dead or missing in Japan. Power and cooling were knocked out at the Dai-Ichi power plant in Fukushima, causing the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

UPS resumed pickups and deliveries in eastern Japan five days after the disaster and never stopped flying planes in and out of the country. The Atlanta-based company hasn’t disclosed the earthquake’s financial impact.

UPS has 1,000 employees in Japan and 34 weekly flights to and from the country, with 10 pickup and delivery centers plus other centers for operations, logistics and brokerage services, the company said in March.

About a quarter of UPS’s $49.5 billion in sales last year came from international markets, and volume on international packages jumped almost 14 percent, or about 7 times as much as domestic deliveries.

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