Standard Carrier Alpha Codes™ Product Descriptions

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.

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code™ is the recognized transportation company identification code used in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 and United Nations EDIFACT approved electronic data interchange (EDI) transaction sets such as the 856 Advance Ship Notice, the 850 Purchase Order and all motor, rail and water carrier transactions where carrier identification is required. The SCAC® is required on tariffs filed with the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

Each Standard Carrier Alpha Code™ is published by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. The SCAC® data is available via an online search engine on the internet through SCAC® Online. If you require a data download, SCAC® data is accessible Quarterly or Daily by either FTP or email, both in UTF8 encoded ASCII format. The record length is 254 characters. The SCAC® data is also available via a web service (SCAC® Web Service) for real time integration into computer system.


SCAC® Online (Web-based)

  • Easy lookup by SCAC®, MC Number, USDOT Number, and Company Name
  • Displays both active and inactive SCAC® codes
  • User friendly search functions
  • Annual subscription product based on number of users

SCAC® Data Distribution

  • The SCAC® FTP/E-Mail Daily Distribution Service provides a daily or quarterly distribution of SCAC® codes in ASCII format via the customer's choice of FTP or email.
  • Each daily file contains those SCAC® codes that have been added, cancelled, and/or changed through 7:00 pm ET of the present day.

The Standard Carrier Alpha Code™ (SCAC®) is copyrighted and is protected by the laws of the United States and other countries. Publication or reproduction of the SCAC®, in whole or in part, in any public forum, such as a website, or the creation of any derivative works from the SCAC® without specific licensing, is strictly prohibited.