UPS granted first of its kind special permit for electronic reporting of HAZMAT

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UPS announced it will begin to transmit hazardous material information electronically, by phone, or fax starting June 1. This new method of communicating “shipping paper” information, authorized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, or PHMSA, through Hazardous Materials Special Permit 15747 issued to UPS, only affects UPS small package tractor-trailer operations, the movement of small package shipments between UPS facilities and deliveries by tractor trailer. UPS Freight and all other UPS operations will continue to carry hard-copy shipping papers for hazardous materials. In January 2014, UPS and PHMSA began coordinating outreach efforts to educate and inform first responders including firefighters, police, sheriffs, highway patrol, emergency medical associations and organizations affiliated with these groups about the changes in hazardous materials communications document accessibility for UPS feeder trucks. With the new procedure, when an inspector or emergency responder requires hazardous material shipping papers, drivers will provide a toll-free number to call for access to documents containing a manifest of any hazardous materials contained in the shipment. This new process will streamline the sharing of information with inspectors and first responders.

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