Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

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)?

SCAC stands for Standard Carrier Alpha Code, which is a unique two-to-four-letter code assigned by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) to identify transportation companies such as trucking, rail, and shipping lines. It is used for various purposes such as identifying carriers in computerized tracking systems, bill of lading documents, and other shipping-related documents.

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.

If you are looking for the SCAC codes of major shipping lines, try checking our SCAC code list.