Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC)

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Understanding Serial Shipping Container Code

The serial shipping container code (SSCC) is an 18-digit numeric code to locate and confirm a specific container or logistics unit. Commonly referred to as the SSCC, it is either converted to an RFID tag or encoded in a GS1-128 barcode, along with the code itself. 

Significance of Serial Shipping Container Code in an E-commerce Shipping and Delivery

As shipping companies manage several logistics units simultaneously, the serial shipping container code plays an essential role in identifying the right one. Two of its primary benefits have been listed below. 

  • Maintaining consistency in logistics supply chain management: The serial shipping container code allows the handlers to efficiently track and acknowledge the acceptance and disbursal of all the container units in one go. 
  • Automation and lower management time: A shipping and logistics lifecycle is divided into several sub-delivery processes. With the help of serial shipping container code encoded in barcodes, the end-to-end handlers can process and automate inbound freights inspection in record time. 

Prerequisites of Serial Shipping Container Code and How It Works

Packing and grouping products from one or multiple sellers in a single container unit is a prerequisite that needs to be fulfilled. The processes that follow have been listed below.

  • Serial shipping container code allotment: A serial shipping container code is allotted to each container by the shipping company. 
  • Verification: During the shipping lifecycle, the end-to-end carriers inspect the contents through the serial shipping container code and update them in centralized shipping. 

Use Case With Serial Shipping Container Code 

For example, two containers labeled 1234567892345678-10 and 1234567892345678-11 will be shipped to ports X and Y, respectively. However, there is a common port Z from where the shipping company can send out the two containers. Therefore, the shipping company ships the containers together until port Z, from where container 1234567892345678-10 was dispatched to port X and container 1234567892345678-11 was shipped to port Y separately. 

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