Serial Shipping Container Codes

Supplier: TallShips Solutions
12 February, 2008

Use of serial shipping container codes (SSCC) is becoming increasingly popular across the supply chain as companies demand more information from their suppliers regarding the make up of pending shipments.

This enables better tracking of goods in-transit and easier checking and receiving of goods when they arrive.In their most basic form, SSCCs represent a code which is unique to the supplier (generally for a pallet but often for a shipping container or a carton).

Embedded in this 20 character SSCC are the supplier’s own 7 character UCC Ship ID and a unique 9 character number for that supplier.Often accompanying SSCCs is an Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN), allowing easy receival of goods as the contents of each SSCC (container/pallet/carton) is already known and already has a unique ID.

Sometimes the pallets may need to be consolidated/ deconsolidated on arrival but in many cases, the SSCC can become the ID used to store the goods.

In their more complex form,SSCCs have further codes tacked on which may define more information about what the SSCC contains – for example item code, weight, quantity etc.TallShips currently have several clients using SSCCs for varying reasons.

One simply uses them to assign a unique ID to each pallet shipped so that they can be tracked in-transit by the transportation provider. Another uses them only for full pallets where the item code and quantity are embedded in the SSCC as well.

Yet another uses the full functionality of SSCCs by sending ASNs electronically.When looking for a Warehouse Management System (WMS), it is becoming increasingly vital that the system chosen has the ability to both receive SSCCs in conjunction with inbound ASNs (to both the pallet and carton level) and to produce SSCCs when picking/shipping to be used in conjunction with outbound ASNs (at both the pallet and carton level).

TallShips Powerhouse/ WMS, has had this functionality designed into the system from inception.