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).

The Standard Carrier Alpha Codes are 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 SCACs
  • 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 Standard Carrier Alpha Codes in ASCII format via the customer's choice of FTP or email.
  • Each daily file contains those SCACs added, cancelled and changed through 7:00 PM Eastern Time 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.