Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC)
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The SSCC is used to identify logistics units, such as cases, cartons, pallets, or air & boat cargo containers of trade items as they travel through shipping and receiving.  When used in conjunction with electronic business transactions, the SSCC acts as a license plate, identifying the contents of the logistics unit.  The SSCC enables companies to link to additional information about the logistic unit.  This information can be communicated via a Dispatch Advice or Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) prior to the logistic unit’s arrival.  Upon receipt the SSCC will be scanned, providing the required information to speed up the receipt of goods as well as the subsequent invoicing process.

Learn more about the Serial Shipping Container Code at the GS1 website. 

You may want to also visit the glossary of international trade terminology page and the shipping & transportation industry definitions section.