SCAC CODE APPLICATION
The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) is a unique two-to-four-letter code used to
identify transportation companies. NMFTA developed the SCAC identification codes in the mid 1960's
to facilitate computerization in the transportation industry.
SCACs are required when doing business with all U.S. Government agencies and with
shippers including, but not limited to, those in the automobile, petroleum, forest products,
and chemical industries as
well as suppliers to retail businesses and carriers engaged in railroad piggyback trailer and
drayage. Carriers who use the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement (UIIA) are required to
maintain a valid
SCAC. The petroleum industry uses SCACs in their integrated software programs that expedite the
movement of bills of
lading, pipeline tickets, product transfer orders, and inventory data. Many commercial shippers
and receivers utilize
SCACs in their freight bill audit and payment systems.