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SmartWay Carrier Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a SmartWay Carrier Partner.

To get started as a SmartWay Carrier Partner, first determine and select your Carrier type.

Carrier Types

All Carriers qualify in one or more of the categories listed below. Each component of your company that matches a Carrier Partner category should submit its own partnership application, if it is not already a SmartWay Partner.

Review the list below and select your Carrier type. You will be linked to the appropriate screen based on your choice.

- Your company operates and manages or leases its own for-hire or private fleet and contracts the shipping of 5% or less of its freight with outside firms

- Your company contracts out more than 5% of your freight; that is, your company is a 3PL/4PL, a freight broker or forwarder, or a non-asset based carrier.

- Your company operates its own managed fleet AND:
• moves 5% or more of its freight with a third-party logistics provider, or
• moves more than 10% of your freight via rail, barge, and/or air.

- Your company is a commercial class 1, 2, or 3 rail carrier and you operate and manage your own locomotives and are hired by others to move their freight

- Your company operates and manages or leases its own barge fleet and is hired by others to move their freight

- Your company operates and manages or leases its own air fleet and is hired by others to move their freight

  • Each Carrier Type will submit data in a tool specifically designed for their type of operations. If you can’t decide if you should use the Truck, Logistics, or Multimodal tool, click here for examples.

    Is this the right SmartWay Tool for me?

    SmartWay has a number of Tools that may be appropriate for trucking companies: Truck Carrier, Logistics, and Multimodal. Each of these Tools is tailored to specific types of companies. Partners may need to complete different Tools based on the transport modes employed (truck only, or intermodal) and/or the amount of business contracted to other companies. To help make sure that you are filling out the right Tool, SmartWay has included guidance below:

    Truck Tool

    The Truck Tool is used by companies that predominately operate their own managed fleet (owned or leased), with less than 5% of the miles or ton-miles in other modes such as rail or third-party providers. If you operate your own managed fleet and move 5% or more of your miles or ton-miles with a third-party provider, then you should use the Multimodal Tool. The third-party operations should be included in the Logistics Tool in the Multimodal Tool. For-hire operation should be input separately from dedicated fleet operation in the Truck Tool. For dedicated fleets, you may include all dedicated operations in one fleet in the Truck Tool and characterize it as a private fleet type, or you may elect to track and publicly report your clients' dedicated fleets separately.

    Logistics Tool

    The Logistics Tool is intended for use by companies (such as 3PLs, non-asset based carriers, brokerage, and/or freight forwarders and similar companies) that employ third-party providers. If your company also has an internally managed fleet that is used in addition to third-party providers, then you should use the Truck Tool for the internal fleet and submit it to SmartWay by the Truck Tool submission date. You should then include this fleet in your Logistics Tool along with all your third-party operations. If your internal fleet is used only by your company, then it should be categorized as a private fleet in the Truck Tool. Third-party rail operations are included in the Logistics Tool.

    Multimodal Tool

    The Multimodal Tool contains the Truck Tool, Logistics Tool, Rail Tool, Barge Tool, and Air Tool. The Multimodal Tool should be used by companies that have a mix of internally operated fleets and third-party fleets and/or internally managed fleet components that do not match the fleets the public could hire. An example would be a company that has three internal truck fleets and a logistics fleet, but only has a "truckload division" and an "intermodal division" that can be hired by the public. In that case, the three truck fleets would be completed using the Truck Tool within the Multimodal Tool, and the logistics fleet using the Logistics Tool within the Multimodal Tool. The Multimodal Tool can then allocate your operations from the four internal fleets to the two externally hirable entities.


    • Case 1: MH Trucking is a 200 truck fleet, that only contracts out a few loads at Christmas. These loads constitute less than 5% of MH Trucking's total loads. MH Trucking should complete the Truck Tool.
    • Case 2: RB Inc. operates none of its own trucks, and contracts other carriers to move all its freight. RB Inc., should complete the Logistics Tool.
    • Case 3: MP Services operates three divisions. A truckload division with its own fleet of 100 trucks, a Contract Carrier Division that contracts with 20 other truck companies, and an intermodal division that uses its own truck fleet and three rail companies. MP Services should use the Multimodal Tool, creating a Truck Component Fleet for its truckload division, a Logistics Component Fleet run for its contract services division, and a Logistics Component Fleet for its intermodal division (using its own truck fleet as an input with the three rail companies).
    • Case 4: JC Rail Services operates its own local rail line and a fleet of trucks to provide drayage from its rail line to local customer locations. JC should complete the Rail Tool for its rail operations and a Truck Tool for its trucking operations.

Still not sure what type of carrier you are? Contact EPA at 734-214-4767 for more support.

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