Standard Carrier Alpha Code

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SCAC (Standard Carrier Alpha Code)

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) is a privately controlled US code used to identify vessel operating common carriers.

What is SCAC(Standard Carrier Alpha Code)?

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) is a privately controlled US code used to identify vessel operating common carriers.

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Key takeaways:

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) is a unique two-to-four-letter code used to identify transportation companies.

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.

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.

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How to get a SCAC Code?

The SCAC code is assigned by NMFTA. If you’re looking to get the code, you can apply on NMFTA’s website, or post your application to their Alexandria, VA office. The application fee is $84. Once the process is completed, you’ll receive the SCAC code certificate via email within 24 hours during business days.

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