The senior vice president of international operations for United Parcel Service of America Inc. said on July 16 he saw no disruption at the Atlanta-based express package company’s new Asia/Pacific hub in Taiwan if the island is taken over by mainland China.
“We don’t see a problem,” the executive, Edward Schroeder, said in answer to a question after making a speech at a World Trade Center Atlanta luncheon sponsored by the Commercial Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta.
“We don’t see any political situation that we would become alarmed about,” Mr. Schroeder said.
He added that UPS has an operation in Hong Kong where he expected business to “continue as is.” At the time of China’s takeover of Hong Kong Chinese Officials said they would also seek to take back Taiwan and Macao.
During his speech, Mr. Schroeder discussed the reasons his company selected the Taiwan capital of Taipei for its regional hub. He cited the island’s strategic location, good flying weather, the fact that Chiang Kai Shek International Airport operated continuously and the relative ease of getting through customs.
In the question period afterward, he said the other cities that had been considered for the hub were Manila, Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong and Bangkok.