Logistic Units (SSCC,GINC,GSIN)


A logistic unit is an item of any composition established for transport and/or storage which needs to be managed through the supply chain. Tracking and tracing logistic units in the supply chain is a major application of the GS1 System.

There are identification numbers for:

  • individual logistic units
  • multiple logistic units for consignment
  • multiple logistic units for shipment.

Individual Logistic Units

The Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) is a standard number used for the unique identification of logistic units.

The SSCC is a unique, non-significant, 18-digit number, which is assigned by the company constructing the unit. It remains the same for the life of the unit.

The Serial Shipping Container Code provides a link between the physical logistic unit and information pertaining to the logistic unit that is communicated between trading partners using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

The SSCC is constructed as follows -

Extension
Digit
GS1 Company Prefix >        < Serial Reference Check
Digit

N1

N2

N3

N4

N5

N6

N7

N8

N9

N10

N11

N12

N13

N14

N15

N16

N17

N18


The SSCC can be encoded in a GS1-128 Barcode as well as an EPC/RFID tag. For further information on Application Identifiers please click here.

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 Multiple Logistic Units – Global Identification for Consignment

Consignments can comprise of one or more logistic units. A Global Identification Number for Consignment (GINC) identifies a logical grouping, the components of which are not necessarily physically attached together.

The GINC is assigned by the freight forwarder or carrier of the transport units.

GS1 uses the term consignment when referring to multiple logistic unit identification for transport.

The GINC is constructed as:

GS1 Global Company Prefix >           < Consignment Reference >

N1 ... Ni

Xi+1 ... Xj (j <= 30)



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 Multiple Logistic Units – Global Shipment Identification Number

Shipments can comprise of one or more logistic units. A Global Shipment Identification Number (GSIN) identifies a logical grouping, the components of which are not necessarily physically attached together.

The GSIN is assigned by a seller (sender) of the goods.

GS1 uses the term shipment for when referring to multiple logistic unit identification for trade.

The GSIN is constructed as:

GS1 Global Company Prefix >            < Shipper Reference Check
Digit

N1

N2

N3

N4

N5

N6

N7

N8

N9

N10

N11

N12

N13

N14

N15

N16

N17



Use of the Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) in the retail sector video