UPS said it has expanded its UPS Worldwide Express and UPS Express Plus services across 40 countries, guaranteeing “time- and day-definite delivery for urgent shipments.” Part of its international carrier services, the new express program is available in 140 countries, and can meet next-day morning delivery with the top 20 countries by GDP.

“The latest expansion offers morning or midday service for companies looking to improve time to market, speed inventory replenishment and meet urgent needs for time-sensitive shipments to international growth areas around the world,” UPS said in a statement.

Nando Cesarone, president of UPS International, said cross-border trade “continues to present growth opportunities for us and for customers of all sizes. By expanding the reach of our industry-leading express services, we’re better connecting our customers to where we see continued growth potential.”

Cesarone said the company’s time-sensitive services “are faster, they speed up time-to-market in high-growth economies and it’s another way for our customers to optimize their cross-border supply chains.” The new services are especially important to small- to medium-sized businesses.

Jean-Francois Condamine, UPS president of growth and emerging markets, said increasing speed to market “for our customers in emerging economies, especially small businesses, means that they are better positioned to compete on equal footing with competitors anywhere in the world.”

UPS also noted that its customers can use its customs brokerage services in the newly expanded markets. UPS said it can help customers “navigate changing regulations, maintain compliance and keep shipments moving smoothly through customs and across borders. The UPS customs brokerage team has more than 80 years of experience, more than 400 import and export clearance locations, and over 6 million customs entries filed each year in the U.S.”