UPS expands security for retail shipping

NEW YORK Tue Dec 7, 2010 9:20am EST

The cargo center of United Parcel Service (UPS) is seen at the Cologne/Bonn airport near Cologne November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

The cargo center of United Parcel Service (UPS) is seen at the Cologne/Bonn airport near Cologne November 1, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Parcel Service is requiring photo identification for retail shipping as it expands security during its peak season after two parcel bombs were intercepted in October.

The world's largest package delivery company, which expects a 7.5 percent rise to about 430 million deliveries this holiday season, said on Tuesday 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 Britain and Dubai intercepted two parcel bombs being sent from Yemen to the United States 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 24 million worldwide on December 22, matching last year's busiest day. That holiday volume would be up 60 percent from a typical day.

(Reporting by Lynn Adler; editing by John Wallace)

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