UPS is to require photo identification for retail shipping as it expands security during its peak season
United Parcel Service is requiring photo identification for retail shipping as it expands security during its peak season following the interception of a parcel bomb at Dubai airport in October, it was announced this week.
The world's largest package delivery company, which expects a 7.5 percent rise to about 430m deliveries this holiday season, said this week that retail customers will not be permitted to ship without a government-issued picture ID at the UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc and authorized shipping outlets worldwide.
"Since retail centers experience a significant increase in business from occasional shippers during the busy holidays, this enhancement adds a prudent step in our multi-layered approach to security," Dale Hayes, UPS vice president of small business and retail marketing, said in a statement.
The Atlanta-based company will added "additional security precautions as necessary," he said.
The photo ID policy has been used at UPS Customer Centers since 2005.
Under the new policy, retail customers without a pre-printed attached shipping label who do not present a government-issued photo ID cannot use UPS services, the company said.
In October, security officials in the UK and Dubai intercepted two parcel bombs being sent from Yemen to the US in what President Barack Obama called "a credible terrorist threat."
One of the packages was found on a UPS cargo plane at East Midlands Airport, about 160 miles north of London. The other was found at a FedEx Corp facility in Dubai.
UPS has said it expects deliveries to reach 24m worldwide on December 22, matching last year's busiest day. That holiday volume would be up 60 percent from a typical day.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.