August 23, 2019 / 4:34 PM / a month ago

UPS says it tracks shipments of prohibited substances after Trump comment

Aug 23 (Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc said on Friday it has been keeping a tab on shipments of prohibited substances by working with governments, in a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's call to package delivery companies to refuse deliveries of synthetic opioid fentanyl from China.

Trump has asked package delivery companies UPS, as well as FedEx Corp and online retailer Amazon.com Inc to decline deliveries of the substance from China, which on Friday announced plans to impose new tariffs on U.S. goods. (bit.ly/2ZnSd5H)

"UPS follows all applicable laws and administrative orders of the governments in the countries where we do business. We work closely with regulatory authorities to monitor for prohibited substances," the company said. (Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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