Standard Carrier Alpha Code

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The standard carrier alpha code "NYKU" on an NYK Line container

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code™ (SCAC®) is an US code used to identify road transport companies. It is typically two to four letters long. The National Motor Freight Traffic Association developed the SCAC code by in the 1960s to help road transport companies computerize data and records.[1]

Description[edit]

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code, a two-to-four letter identification, is used by the 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 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. SCACs can be obtained online at http://www.nmfta.org.

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.

Widely used SCACs[edit]

The following is a list of widely used SCACs:[2]

SCAC Carrier name
ALLV ALLIED VAN LINES
ARFW AMERICAN FREIGHTWAYS
BAXG BAX GLOBAL
BNAF BAX GLOBAL (air)
CBNP CARBONITE LOGISTICS
CDNK Celadon
COSU Coscon Container Lines
COTO Country Transport
ELOI Ease Logistics
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
EXPD Expeditors International Ocean
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)
GMLS R and L Carriers
HOYO HOYER Deep Sea
INML INTERMODAL SERVICES
KHNN KUEHNE + NAGEL
LDYN Logistic Dynamics, Inc.
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
TCKM Truckers America
TPNW Triple A Logistics
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
USAU U.S. Government
USAX U.S. Government
UQEP UNIQUE EXPRESS
USIT USA Truck
USNW U.S. Northwest Express or USNW Express
USPS United States Postal Service
USXI U.S. Xpress
VLOQ VANEDGE LOGISTICS
VSRD Vistar Transportation Ltd.
XPOL XPO Logistics

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. (n.d.). "Standard Carrier Alpha Codes". NMFTA. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ EDI Provider (n.d.). "SCAC Codes". EDI Provider. Retrieved March 25, 2016.