What Is a SCAC Code? A Guide for Carriers & Suppliers

Part of an efficient supply chain process is knowing where your shipments are at any given time. Accurate tracking is essential for suppliers and retailers as freight moves not only from warehouse to shelf, but also from one transportation mode to another. Locating where a shipment is in an intermodal route helps all parties plan, forecast, and gauge costs effectively.

A required identifier for intermodal freight is the SCAC code. As we will discuss, the SCAC code is a requirement for various freight companies (inside and outside of retail) and plays a role in simplifying the supply chain tracking process.

What Is a SCAC Code?

A SCAC code (Standard Carrier Alpha Code) is a two- to four-letter code used to identify transportation companies in North America. For any carrier or transport company moving cargo in and out of the United States, a SCAC code is essential. These codes have been used since the 1960s when transportation companies started using computers in their operations.

What Is a SCAC Code Used For?

The purpose of the SCAC code is to allow companies to electronically keep track of shipping containers. To help ensure a shipping container is on its way to the correct destinations, the system of coding is consistent with freight companies around the world.

The code also helps customers track shipments being delivered to their facilities. SCAC codes are used in shipping and logistics transactions, such as freight bills, bills of lading, and import manifests

Who Needs a SCAC Code?

Freight carriers meeting the following criteria require a SCAC code:

Intermodal Shipping

Any company dealing in intermodal freight (freight transported via two or more modes of transportation) or a company filing a tariff with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) require a SCAC code.

FDA Shipments

A SCAC code is required for carriers that transport freight related to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). These companies use PNSI (Prior Notice System Interface) to track the shipment of imported foods.

Petroleum Carriers

Containers being shipped by petroleum companies require a SCAC code. This is important for petroleum companies using software programs that combine tracking tools (i.e., pipeline tickets, bills of lading, product transfer orders).

Government Services

Any company that is providing freight line services for the United States government is required to have a SCAC code.

International Carriers

A freight carrier moving shipments internationally requires a SCAC code so that the company is associated correctly with its shipments.

List of Common SCAC Codes

The following table contains a list of commonly used SCAC codes and the corresponding company:


Carrier Name

AACT AAA Cooper Transportation
AYAF AAFES Private Fleet
ABFS ABF Freight
PYLE A. Duie Pyle, Inc.
ALLV Allied Van Lines
ARFW American Freightways
ANRM Alianca
ANTC Amino Transport
AVRT Averitt Express
BAXG Bax Global
BKFB Bulk FR8 (Liquid Bulk)
BLOJ Bridge Logistics
BNAF Bax Global (air)
BTEY BT Express Freight Systems
CHRP Cheema Transport Inc.
CMCP Camionnage CP
CBNP Carbonite Logistics
CTII Central Transport
CNPC Carolina Transportation Inc.
CGSQ Carolina Logistics Inc.
CDNK Celadon
CHKA Chermak Cartage, LLC
CJRF CJR Trucking, Inc.
CJRQ Cheeseman Transport
CKPQ Clark Transportation, Inc.
CKOC Clark Oil Company
COSU China Ocean Shipping Lines
COTO Country Transport
CPGP Container Port Group
CESF Continental Expedited Services, Inc.
CWAS Cowan Systems, LLC
CWCE CON-WAY Central Express
CWIM CON-WAY Intermodal
CWSE CON-WAY Southern Express
CWWE CON-WAY Western Express
CSXT CSX Transportation
CIMC Cushing Transportation
DYLT Daylight Transport LLC
DAFG Dayton Freight
DFDS DSV Ocean Transport A/S
DMLI Diamond Logistics
DOLR Dot-Line Transportation
ELOI Ease Logistics
EGLV Evergreen
EWCF Emery Worldwide
ENIC Empire National Inc.
EXLA Estes Express
EXPD Expeditors International Ocean
FDCC FedEx Custom Critical
FDEG FedEx Ground
FDE FedEx Express (AIR)
FLJF FLT Logistics LLC
FTNA Fortune Transportation
FWFG Fifth Wheel Freight LLC
FXFE FedEx LTL Freight East
FXFW FedEx LTL Freight West (formerly VIKN – Viking)
FXNL FedEx Freight National (formerly Watkins)
FICS First International courier sys.
GPTC G & P Trucking, Inc.
GBEA Gilbert East Corp
GBXI Gilbert Express
GUMA Gulick Trucking, Inc.
HAEI Heartland Express
A0GO Hier Logistic Group S. de R.L. de C.V.
HLCU Hapag-Lloyd AG
HLOG HOW Logistics Group
HJBT J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
HOYO Hoyer Deep Sea
HRCF Hercules Forwarding Inc
HUBG Hub Group
IEXA Intelcom Express
IELC Integrity Express Logistics
INML Intermodal Services
HJBT J.B. Hunt
KAEJ Kane is Able
KHNN Kuehne + Nagel
KNIG Knight Transportation
LDYN Logistic Dynamics, Inc.
LDYQ LDI Trucking, Inc.
MAEU Maersk Line
MCPU MCC Transport Singapore Pte Ltd.
MFGT Mainfreight Inc.
MEDU Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.
MGMC MGM Transport
MISH Mississippi Transporters Inc.
MTEN Marten Transport LTD.
NAFT National Freight
NAVI North American Van Lines, Inc.
NXPL National Xpress Logistics
ODFL Old Dominion Freight Line
OOLU Orient Overseas Container Line
PAYL Paystar Logistics
PENS Peninsula Truck Lines
PFLP Pacific Logistics Corp
PAMT PAM Transport Inc.
PSQL Performance Logistics
PDME Piedmont Express
PMKO Prime Inc. (Tanker)
PNEP Panalpina (Pantainer Express Line)
PRIJ Prime Inc. (OTR)
PRIU Prime Inc. (Intermodal)
PRML Prime Inc. (Logistics)
PYLE A. Duie Pyle
GMLS R and L Carriers
RCXB Red Classic Transportation Services, LLC
RDWY Roadway (YRC)
RGLN Radiant Global Logistics
ROWL Rowl Trucking
RXLI Route Transportation & Logistics
RYOM Royal Oil
RDSS Rail Delivery Services, Inc.
RUSS Russel Delivery Services, Inc.
SAFM Safmarine
SAIA Saia LTL Freight
SCNN Schneider National
SDYA Same Day Air Logistics
SNCY Schneider National
SNLU Schneider National
SXVE Silver Enterprises
STVV Stevens Transport
SUDU Hamburg Süd
SWFT Swift Transportation
TCKM Truckers America
TEUG TEU Global (Trade Expeditors USA, INC. DBA TEU Global)
TPNW Triple A Logistics
TRKU Turkon Line Inc.
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
UYSN Unyson
USNW U.S. Northwest Express or USNW Express
USPS United States Postal Service
USXI U.S. Xpress
VCTS Vocar Transportation Services, LLC.
VLOQ Vanedge Logistics
VSRD Vistar Transportation Ltd.
WTAG WTA Global Inc.
XUI Xpress United Inc.
XPOC XPO Logistics


SCAC Benefits for Retail Suppliers

For retail suppliers, the SCAC comes with many benefits for their business and supply chain:


Shipping and transportation documentation often require the inclusion of SCAC codes. Suppliers may need to provide this information on bills of lading, shipping manifests, and other paperwork associated with their shipments.

Supply Chain Visibility

The use of SCAC codes can enhance supply chain visibility. Retail suppliers can use these codes to streamline communication with carriers, track shipments, and ensure that products are moving efficiently through the supply chain.

Rate Negotiations

The SCAC can also play a role in rate negotiations. Retail suppliers may need to negotiate transportation rates with carriers. Knowing a carrier’s SCAC allows suppliers to accurately identify and communicate with the carrier during these negotiations.

Carrier Selection

Retail suppliers often rely on various carriers and logistics companies to transport their products to distribution centers or stores. The SCAC can help suppliers identify and choose the most suitable carriers for their needs. This code can provide essential information about the carrier, such as its capabilities, service areas, and equipment.

Carrier Relationships

Developing and maintaining positive relationships with carriers is essential for retail suppliers. Having a good understanding of a carrier’s SCAC and its operational strengths and weaknesses can help suppliers build more effective partnerships.

Tracking Shipments

Retail suppliers can use the SCAC to track the progress of their shipments. By knowing the SCAC of the carrier handling their goods, they can access real-time tracking and status updates, allowing them to better manage inventory and delivery schedules.


Some regulations and compliance requirements in the transportation industry may be linked to SCAC codes. Retail suppliers need to ensure that the carriers they work with are compliant with regulations. Understanding a carrier’s SCAC can help in confirming their compliance.

How Do I Find My Carrier SCAC Code?

To locate your carrier’s SCAC number, you simply need to go to your recent shipping documentation. The SCAC code is unique to each freight carrier. The code will also be listed on purchase orders, trade bills, and packing lists. You will also refer back to the SCAC code as you prepare future shipping documents and billing.

If you need to apply for a SCAC code, visit the National Motor Freight Association website.

The Bottom Line

No matter what freight tracking system is being used by your company, SCAC codes were designed to be compatible and simplify the supply chain process.

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