Standard Carrier Alpha Code

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The standard carrier alpha code on an NYK Line container indicating NYKU 2938412.

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) is a unique code used to identify transportation companies. It is typically two to four alphabetic letters long. It was developed by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association in the 1960s to help the transportation industry computerize data and records.[1]

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The Standard Carrier Alpha Code, a two-to-four letter identification, is used (in the United States) by transportation industry to identify freight carriers in computer systems and shipping documents such as Bill of Lading, Freight Bill, Packing List, and Purchase Order. It is also used by the American National Standards Institute, Accredited Standards Committee X12, and United Nations EDIFACT for Electronic Data Interchange computer systems.

SCACs are commonly used (in the United States) by the automobile, petroleum, forest products, and chemical industries; as well as suppliers to retail businesses, carriers engaged in railroad piggyback trailers, and ocean container drayage.

Freight Carriers who participate in the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement (UIIA) are required to maintain a SCAC. Certain groups of SCACs are reserved for specific purposes. Codes ending with the letter "U" are reserved for the identification of freight containers. Codes ending with the letter "X" are reserved for the identification of privately owned railroad cars. Codes ending with the letter "Z" are reserved for the identification of truck chassis and trailers used in intermodal service.

SCAC is also used to identify an ocean carrier or self-filing party, such as a freight forwarder, for the Automated Manifest System used by US Customs and Border Protection for electronic import customs clearance and for manifest transmission as per the USA's "24 Hours Rule" which requires the carrier to transmit a cargo manifest to US Customs at least 24 hours prior to a vessel's departure at port of loading.

Commonly used SCACs[edit]

Since SCACs are administered by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, which also sells access to webservices, lists, and books containing SCACs. Here is an excerpt of commonly used SCACs.

SCAC Carrier name
ALLV ALLIED VAN LINES
ARFW AMERICAN FREIGHTWAYS
BAXG BAX GLOBAL
BNAF BAX GLOBAL (air)
CNWY Con-way
COSU Coscon Container Lines
CSXT CSX TRANSPORTATION
CWCE CON-WAY CENTRAL EXPRESS
CWIM CON-WAY INTERMODAL
CWSE CON-WAY SOUTHERN EXPRESS
CWWE CON-WAY WESTERN EXPRESS
DMLI Diamond Logistics
DOLR DOT-LINE TRANSPORTATION
EGLV Evergreen
EWCF EMERY WORLDWIDE
FDCC FedEx Custom Critical
FDEG FEDEX GROUND
FDEN FEDEX (AIR)
FEXF FedEx Freight
FXFE FedEx LTL Freight East
FXFW FedEx LTL Freight West (formerly VIKN - Viking)
FXNL FedEx Freight National (formerly Watkins)
INML INTERMODAL SERVICES
KHNN KUEHNE + NAGEL
MAEU Maersk Line
MCPU MCC Transport Singapore Pte Ltd.
MGMC MGM TRANSPORT
MTEN Marten Transport LTD.
NAFT NATIONAL FREIGHT
NXPL National Xpress Logistics
NYKS NYK
ODFL OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE
OOLU Orient Overseas Container Line
PAYL PAYSTAR LOGISTICS
PDME PIEDMONT EXPRESS
SAFM Safmarine
SCNN SCHNEIDER NATIONAL
SNLU Schneider National
SWFT SWIFT TRANSPORTATION
UDRY USAW - USA Logistics
UPGF UPS FREIGHT (FKA Overnite Transportation Co / OVNT)
UPSN United Parcel Service
UPSS United Parcel Service
UPSC United Parcel Service
UPSZ United Parcel Service
UQEP UNIQUE EXPRESS
USIT USA Truck
USNW U.S. Northwest Express or USNW Express
USPS United States Postal Service
USXI U.S. Xpress

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