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The first documented use of an organized courier service for the shipping of letters is in Egypt



The first documented use of an organized courier service for the shipping of letters is in Egypt. In the year 2400 BC the faro’s used couriers to spread their rules and orders in their territory.


In the year 1907 the 19 year old James E. Casey established the American Messenger Company in Seattle. In 1919 the company made its first expansion beyond Seattle to Oakland, California, and adopted its present name; United Parcel Service.

Nowadays UPS is the world’s largest courier company.


In the year 1969 Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn founded DHL.

Nowadays DHL is Europe’s largest courier company.


United Air Courier B.V. was founded in February 1986 as a world-wide retail courier company by three Englishmen, John, Peter and Tim, who had a total of 30 years of international courier experience.

In 1987 after establishing a strong export retail customer base, United began undertaking import courier deliveries for several major courier companies. With our experience of the requirements of our export clients for a special service we have been able to offer an outstanding delivery service in The Netherlands. Not only as far as the deliveries themselves, but also in terms of prompt POD notification and swift communication regarding late arrivals and delivery problems.

In the year 1991 United adopted the name UCS, United Courier Systems, after they joined a new courier network.

Nowadays UCS is the largest “small” courier company in The Netherlands.




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