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How do reference numbers display in the Flat File Bill?
Reference numbers display in different ways in the Flat File Bill. The file can contain up to two reference numbers which, in order to display, must have been entered at the time of shipping. The following rules apply to the display of reference numbers:

  • Two sets of reference numbers can populate the Reference Number fields, depending on the type of shipment; the rules are consistent for both manifest and Internet-source shipping transactions
  • A single-piece shipping transaction -- that is, neither UPS Hundredweight Service® nor non-rate-shopped -- will display Package Reference #1 and Package Reference #2
  • A single-piece, rate-shopped, or Hundredweight shipment will display Shipment Reference #1 and Shipment Reference #2
  • A multi-piece shipment will display in the following manner: the parent line will display Shipment Reference #1 and Shipment Reference #2; each child line will display Package Reference #1 and Package Reference #2

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