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As a company shipping freight cargo, you know that the business landscape is rapidly changing. Your customers and shareholders are demanding more environmental accountability and carbon-risk assessment. And when it comes to the freight side of your supply chain, gathering reliable and credible data from your carriers and logistics providers can be a challenge.

Fortunately, SmartWay can help you
address these challenges AND help the environment.


EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven collaboration to help businesses move goods in cleaner, more efficient, lower carbon ways. 

Through SmartWay, your company can:

  • Benchmark and reduce your freight supply chain carbon footprint
  • Use SmartWay tools and data to do credible carbon accounting and reporting
  • Access freight supply chain best practices which reduce costs and emissions
  • Improve energy and environmental efficiency of freight operations
  • Meet customer/ shareholder demands for leadership in corporate sustainability
  • Earn recognition for your achievements through awards programs

Use the SmartWay brand to promote your participation in SmartWay. For a more comprehensive summary of SmartWay benefits for shippers, review The Business Case for Being a SmartWay Shipper Partner (PDF). (1p., 208K)
SmartWay Video Player Link

Click the Image to Watch the SmartWay "Any Way You Ship It, Move it the SmartWay" Video.


You will be in great company when you join SmartWay!

With over 250 SmartWay Shipper partners, you will be among the global leaders in freight sustainability.


Why should you join SmartWay? SmartWay Shippers say it best...

kimberly clark logo"At Kimberly-Clark, we see SmartWay as both good environmental policy and good business. The transportation strategies that SmartWay recommends are saving us fuel, lessening our carbon footprint, and making a big difference in bringing us closer to our sustainability goals."

– Stelios Chrysandreas, Transportation Manager, Kimberly Clark
kraftWe encourage shippers, carriers, and logistics providers to get involved in SmartWay and use it to the maximum because participation will make your operation both more environmentally efficient and more economically effective.”

- Mike Cole Senior Director, North America Transportation, Kraft Foods
hp“ SmartWay has been a great partner in helping us implement best practices in our environmentally focused fleet management.”

– Jesus Garciarivas, American Logistics, Hewlett Packard 

Joining SmartWay is straight forward (and free)! Get started today!

Ready to reduce your carbon footprint while increasing your environmental performance? Just click below and follow the three simple steps to join.

1) Make sure "SmartWay Shipper" is the right partner type for your company

Partner Categories and Eligibility

SmartWay has room for just about everyone, and includes multiple key Partner types that cover the range of freight shipping activities and stakeholders. These include all retailers, manufacturers, distributors, cargo owners and other shippers, as well as private fleets, commercial carriers, and 3rd party logistics providers. Each partner plays an important role in the partnership process and benefits from their participation and commitments.

Please identify your partner type and eligibility below to register in the appropriate category:

If your company is a...

SmartWay Partner Category

Eligibility

Role in SmartWay

Retailer or manufacturer of food, beverage, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, lumber/paper, chemical and petroleum, etc.

Shipper Partner

You contract the shipping of 95% or more of your freight with outside firms

Commit to ship more freight with more high performing SmartWay carriers. Encourage carriers and peers to register.  Improve operational efficiency. Report freight activity annually.

Institution receiving procured goods, e.g., school, government, hospital, etc.,

Shipper Partner

You contract the shipping of 95% or more of your freight with outside firms

Commit to ship more freight with more high performing SmartWay carriers. Encourage carriers and peers to register.  Improve operational efficiency. Report freight activity annually.

Any above that uses own private fleet
(includes class 2 through class 8b Trucks)

Truck Carrier Partner

You operate and manage or lease your own fleet and contract the shipping of 5% or less of your freight with outside firms

Commit to and demonstrate improved fleet efficiency. Encourage shipper clients and peers to register.  Improve operational efficiency. Report freight activity annually.

Private Truck fleet
(includes class 2 through class 8b Trucks)

Truck Carrier Partner

See above

Commit to and demonstrate improved fleet efficiency. Encourage peers to register.  Improve operational and fleet efficiency. Report freight activity annually.

Commercial for-hire truck carrier
(includes class 2 through class 8b Trucks)

Truck Carrier Partner

You operate and manage or lease your own fleet and are hired by others to move their freight

Commit to and demonstrate improved fleet efficiency. Encourage shipper clients and peers to register.  Improve operational efficiency. Report freight activity annually.

Commercial for hire rail carrier (Class 1 or Short line)

Rail Carrier Partner

You operate and manage or lease your own rail line and are hired by others to move their freight

Commit to and demonstrate improved fleet efficiency. Encourage shipper clients and peers to register.  Improve operational efficiency. Report freight activity annually.

Freight Broker or forwarder, 3rd party logistics provider or non asset based carrier

Logistics Partner

You contract the shipping of more than 5% your freight with outside firms

Commit to and improve operational efficiency. Encourage shipper clients, contract carriers and peers to register.  Report freight activity annually.

Private fleet combined with rail and logistics brokerage

Multi-modal Carrier

You operate your own managed fleet and contract the shipping of 5% or more of your freight with outside firms or more than 10% with rail

Commit to and improve operational efficiency. Encourage shipper clients, contract carriers and peers to register.  Report freight activity annually.

Trade or professional association., non-profits, online retailer, truck stop, Truck dealer

SmartWay Affiliate

See Affiliate agreement

Promote the goals of SmartWay and work to educate stakeholder community. Encourage members or stakeholders to register. 

Technology vendors, for profit firms, others

SmartWay Community member

All others

Promote the goals of SmartWay and work to educate stakeholder community.

International government agency

SmartWay International Ally

All others

Explore starting a SmartWay sister program in your agency, promote the goals of SmartWay and work to educate stakeholder community.

2) Use the "SmartWay Partner Tool Kit for Shippers" to complete your tool submission

The Shipper Tool contains everything you need to join SmartWay and become a registered Partner in good standing. The tool contains guidance on each page to help you submit your tool, including screen demos and definitions. We've also provided user guides and worksheets below for added support.

To register as a SmartWay Shipper:

  1. Download the current year's tool and the associated guidance documents and worksheets (as needed).
  2. Complete your tool submission.
  3. Email your tool's "xml" file to smartway_transport@epa.gov.

SHIPPER TOOL

SHIPPER TOOL USER GUIDES

Use these guides to understand the tool data entry and submission process.

SHIPPER TOOL WORKSHEETS

These worksheets help you prepare your tool submission and make data gathering easier.

SUBMITTING YOUR TOOL: Please follow the instructions in the tool for saving your file, then submit via email to smartway_transport@epa.gov for evaluation.

*Note: EPA cannot provide technical support for preparing files for importing. Please work with your internal IT department to make sure data files are set up properly for import.

3) Wait for confirmation of your partnership status.

Once your tool is evaluated and approved, a SmartWay Partner Account Manager will notify you via e-mail. You will be provided with a registration number and your company will be listed as a partner on the SmartWay website.


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