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
Learn more about the
Serial Shipping Container Code at the GS1 website.
You may want to also visit the
international trade terminology page and the
transportation industry definitions section.