The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and GS1 Australia have launched the new Australian Transport Standards for Freight Labelling and EDI, which includes the Australian Freight Labelling Guideline and the Australian Transport EDI User Guides.
The Australian Freight Labelling Guideline provides support and guidance to industry on how to physically identify and label logistics and transport units to support efficient transport management processes and provide complete visibility from point of origin to destination.
Each logistics unit will be identified with a unique serial number, the Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC). The SSCC is made up of a GS1 Company Prefix which identifies the company that has created the logistic or transport unit, and a Serial Reference number which uniquely identifies each unit. By scanning this barcode (which includes the SSCC), the physical movement of the logistics unit can be matched with the electronic business messages that refer to them. This means that freight can be tracked by all parties involved through the supply chain using a single tracking identifier, without the need to re-label the freight during the shipping process.
This allows for transparency across multiple carriers, as well as the ability to implement an array of applications such as cross docking, shipment routing and automated receiving. In addition to this, eliminating the need to relabel freight throughout a multi-leg supply chain provides obvious benefits in terms of improved productivity and reduced costs in the supply chain.
The launch of these standards marks the beginning of a transition shift in the process from manual to automation, and will be a game changer in the efficiency, visibility and productivity of freight movement through the supply chain.