Will you be sending orders for your business or care packages to family and friends over the holidays? Be sure to have your photo ID with you.
United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) is requiring government-issued photo identification of those who send packages without pre-printed shipping labels from all of their shipping centers and retail outlets. The increased security measure is in response to packages found with explosives inside them on cargo planes in October.
Among the explosives discovered were a bomb in a printer cartridge in England and another in Dubai. Both were sent from Yemen to Chicago but were defused before causing any damage.
FedEx also requires some senders to provide photo identification; together the two major express carriers transport about 20 million parcels every day.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is also upping its efforts to ensure the safety of cargo; the agency already requires that a manifest with cargo information be submitted by air carriers four hours before landing on American soil and is working with UPS and FedEx on further security measures as well.
New security features in parcel transport will aim to “apply the most security measures at the origin, rather than somewhere in transit,” said Deutsche Post AG’s Chief Financial Officer Lawrence Rosen. Deutsche Post transports the most freight by air and sea worldwide. Rosen also explained that the focus will be on the country of origin and differentiate between “known and secure shippers versus unknown, unsecure shippers.”
Do you welcome the request for ID to ship a package? Do you think this will help ensure the safety of package contents?