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27-10-2020

SCAC (Standard Carrier Alpha Code)

What is Standard Carrier Alpha Code

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code, or SCAC Code, is a two to four-letter code used to identify vessel operating common carriers (VOCC) in computer systems and shipping documents, such as Freight Bill, Bill of Lading, Packing List, and Purchase Order. SCAC Code can be obtained from the NMFTA.

More about Standard Carrier Alpha Code

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) developed the Standard Carrier Alpha Code in the 1960s for the purpose of  computerizing information and records.  Automated Manifest System, used by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), also uses SCAC to identify an ocean carrier or self-filing party for electronic import customs clearance. The SCAC code list could be found in the SCAC Code lookup website.

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