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SmartWay Shipper Partner Tools and Resources

USEPA SmartWay LogoThis page contains the tools, guidance, and best practice information you need to get the most out of the SmartWay program as a registered SmartWay Shipper.

If you are responsible for annual updates and fleet improvement strategies, bookmark this page for your convenience. All SmartWay Shipper information will be updated on this page.

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SmartWay Shippers measure, benchmark, and improve their performance on an annual basis. Shipper performance is based on evaluating how much of the freight you ship is carried by benchmarked SmartWay Carriers versus non-SmartWay Carriers.

You must submit a completed and accurate SmartWay Shipper Tool to EPA by the due date listed on this page to be a SmartWay Shipper in good standing and to be eligible for partner recognition.

Shipper Tool and Example Tool

  • IMPORTANT--PLEASE READ: Due to significant changes to the 2018 Shipper Tool, it is highly recommended that you read this guide before using the tool.
    • What's New - 2018 SmartWay Shipper Tool Version (U.S. Version 2.0.17) (PDF) (2 pp, 199 K, EPA-420-F-18-023, October 2018) Version 2.0.17 of the Shipper Tool contains a number of updates and revisions to the prior version, 2.0.16. These updates have been implemented to enhance the usefulness, clarity and accuracy of the Tool. This document summarizes those changes and includes changes to the Tool structure that are new this year.
  • READ THIS FIRST: How to Download the SmartWay Tool
    • NOTE: Tools must be opened in Windows Excel (Version 2003 or later)
  •  2018 SmartWay Shipper Partner Tool (2017 Data Year) (XLSM)(6 MB, December 2018) Save this file to your computer before opening. Use this file for submitting your data--Do not submit the example tool. 
  • Example 2018 Shipper Tool (Filled In) for Download(6 MB, October 2018) Save this file to your computer before opening. This file is not for submitting your company's information--Use the "Shipper Tool" above for your official data submission. 

Shipper Tool Guidance Documents

Submit Your Shipper Tool to EPA

Once you have completed your Shipper Tool for this year, there are two steps to submitting it for evaluation by EPA:

Step 1) Save it to your computer in a place you will remember. When you save, you will generate two files—both an .xls file and an .xml file.

Step 2) Email both files to your Partner Account Manager. If you do not know who your Partner Account Manager is, you can submit your two files via email to for evaluation.

View Shipper Performance Report

SmartWay Shippers providing activity level data (miles and/or tons) are now able to compare their performance against others in their industry. The new Shipper Performance Report helps the shipper company better understand:

  • How their performance has changed over time
  • How their company compares to its peers
  • How their company can continue to improve performance

View a sample performance report: Example SmartWay Shipper Performance Report (PDF)(4 pp, 354 K, June, 2018)

In 2017, Partner Account Managers (PAMS) have emailed reports to eligible shippers. Please contact the helpline at if you have questions.

View Carrier Performance Rankings

SmartWay Shippers improve their overall performance by using more and better SmartWay Carriers to move their freight. All SmartWay Carrier Partners are ranked by their performance levels. EPA provides a table with all carriers' relative performance rankings to help SmartWay Shippers and Logistics Company Partners quickly assess the performance of prospective and current carriers in various categories.

You can also view detailed reports and other information about partner performance via the SmartWay Portal.

Training Webinars

EPA regularly schedules webinars on using the SmartWay tools, unlocking the value of the data, and learning how to improve your fleet's performance. 

Resources to Introduce Your Carriers to SmartWay 

EPA has created several tools to help you share the benefits of SmartWay with your carriers.  

  • Carrier education templates:  This page includes several documents and templates to help you introduce your carriers to the benefits of registering with the SmartWay program.
  • Web graphics to link to SmartWay's website: Place one or more of these four Web graphics on your website to draw your audience's attention to key SmartWay resources. You can also develop your own graphics to highlight specific SmartWay Web content.

Learn about Efficiency Strategies for Shippers

Fact Sheets and Technical Bulletins

Professional Association Links

Industry trade associations are a great resource for the most up-to-date information about these strategies.

EPA encourages SmartWay Partners to share their achievements and participation in the SmartWay program with their customers, clients, stakeholders, and stockholders. There are several ways Partners highlight achievements:

Best Practice Guidance: Read this page for guidance on how to communicate your participation in the Partnership.

Feature Partner Profiles: EPA frequently develops profiles of SmartWay Partners that provide examples of effective freight supply chain sustainability measures.

  • If you have a strategy, policy, or solution to a significant freight sustainability challenge that you would like to share with your industry, email your interest ( with the subject line "Interested in becoming a Featured Partner" to be considered.