What is an SSCC number?
An SSCC number, short for Serial Shipping Container Code, is used to identify shipping units. This number is unique worldwide and can be assigned to trading units of any size. In German, it is also called the shipping unit number.
SSCC numbers are usually represented in the form of a barcode. This can be easily attached to any shipping unit and then scanned at any interface. Labeled units are for example:
- Packed pallets
- Individual parts
- Box pallets
Since each SSCC number can only be assigned once, it can be identified beyond doubt by each company involved in the supply chain.
How is an SSCC number structured?
The SSCC number is an identification number consisting of 18 digits. It starts with a one-digit reserve number, which is followed by the individual global location number. After that, a serial reference number is assigned by the sender himself, which is finally followed by the check digit. This is also in single digits. The check digit makes it possible to verify the correctness of the entire number.