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What is an SSCC or Serial Shipping Container Code?

An SSCC or Serial Shipping Container Code is used to identify items assembled for the purpose of transport or storage. SSCCs are typically used to identify outer cases, pallets or entire shipments. SSCCs may be combined with the use of the Despatch Advice in EDI (electronic data interchange) for automated goods receipt.

SSCC structure

SSCCs are a fixed length 18-digit number composed of an Extension Digit, GS1 Company Prefix, a Serial Reference and a Check Digit. An SSCC may be encoded in a barcode symbol using AI (00).

The SSCC is constructed as follows:

Extension DigitCompany Prefix >              < Serial Reference

Check Digit

N1N2 N3 N4 N5 N6 N7 N8 N9 N10 N11 N12 N13 N14 N15 N16 N17N18

Learn about identifying pallets with an SSCC and the GS1 128 barcode symbol

Online tool for Members: Download a guide to the GS1 SSCC Online Pallet Label generation tool

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