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CODES - Terminals, Origins, destinations, acronyms.
« on: March 13, 2011, 03:18:39 PM »
Let's share some of the insider knowlege.
Buffalo NY might be BUF or Termal 009 as an example.
FAST is Free and Secure Transportation as another example.

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CODES - Terminals, Origins, destinations, acronyms.
« on: March 13, 2011, 03:18:39 PM »

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Re: CODES - Terminals, Origins, destinations, acronyms.
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2011, 03:42:47 PM »
I was always interested in these codes. A good idea for a thread Rob.

Before Roadway was merged into YRC, their terminal number here was 141. I noticed the workers of that terminal even formed a group on Facebook to stay in touch.

Most of the other terminals here use PHL for Philadelphia. Watkins/FedEx National LTL used that designation even though they were in a suburb just outside the city. I don't know if they are still there or if they went to where ever FedEx Freight's terminal is.

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Re: CODES - Terminals, Origins, destinations, acronyms.
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2011, 05:31:58 PM »
Our YRC terminal here in Sparks is 819 which is Roadways system of terminal idenifacation. Yellow used an alpha code for terminals, Sparks was RNE, it borrowed the R from Reno, and the NE from Nevada. Many carriers that have terminals in this area use the alpha code RNO. This just drops the E in Reno.

I'm not sure when it was adopted, as with railroads there is a standard alpha code for carriers. It's called "SCAC" and that is short for Standard Carrier Alpha Code, each carrier has their own alpha code which is different from any other carrier's code.

YRC uses the Roadway Express code which is RDWY, prior to the merger Yellow's code was YFSY. Some simple ones to figure out are Old Dominion Freight Lines alpha code which is ODFL, another simple one is Oak Harbor Freight Lines which is OHFL. UPS Freight's SCAC is UPGS UPGF - Reddaway Truck Lines' code is RETL.

This should prove to be pretty interesting, good thread topic.

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Re: CODES - Terminals, Origins, destinations, acronyms.
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2011, 05:39:20 PM »
 Not sure if CN still has acronyms for their various terminals, but 30ish years ago when I was involved they did. I was there when they opened the new Brampton Intermodal Terminal, which was always referred to as BIT.
 I remember asking Don Ford, who was my boss at CN at the time, what would happen to that policy should they ever decide to open a terminal at South Hampton..... Hey, bada bing.. tish. ;D
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Re: CODES - Terminals, Origins, destinations, acronyms.
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2011, 06:35:13 AM »
Jimmy B - Rob - All -

The SCAC method industry wide. Motor Carriers participants in filed tariff like
publications which use the widely understood method. So, as examples, the
YSFY and ODFL short hand...

Individual Carrier Terminal Codes? This could get a bit fast and loose. Within
the C F W Y System, each Station had an assigned Number, and also a three
alpha character Acronym. In everyday work, the Acronym preferred, for ease
of use and less prone to error. The Company did tend to use familiar Airport
Codes. It used the ones that were more obvious. (For instance, the line did
not refer to Topeka, KS as "FOE". Rather, IIRC, it was a convenient "TPK".)

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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2011, 04:49:34 PM »
Rob mentioned FAST, the Free and Secure Trade program that makes cross-border commercial shipments simpler and subject to fewer delays.  He leaves it to me to bore you with the other programs he deals with every day. 

CSA is the Customs Self Assessment program for low-risk, pre-approved importers, carriers and registered drivers.  This is yet another program to save time and money. 

PIP is the Partners in Protection program, a voluntary program to secure the trade chain one partnership at a time.  Members are recognized as trusted partners. 

CDRP is the Commercial Driver Registration Program.  It offers efficient clearance into Canada from the U.S. to low risk goods, and pre-approved importers, carriers and commercial drivers. 

The U.S. Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program is an initiative of the CBP, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They ask business to ensure the integrity of their security practices, and to verify the security guidelines of their business partners. 

Surely, there must be overlap in these programs. 

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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2011, 09:31:15 PM »
FedEx Freight Kansas City has number and code, KCY - 550 and when I worked in Dallas it was DAL.  Since going to linehaul I have not been able to keep up with all the changes and additions.  I know Denver had been DEN forever, then it briefly went to DVR for a while and then back to DEN again. 

Tons of these and also run IDs like our Denver/Kansas meet in WaKeeney, Kansas is a WAKE and the Pratt, Kansas meet I ran last bid with Stratford, Texas was PRKS.

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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2011, 03:11:33 PM »
When I worked for Willig Freight Lines, each terminal had a number code. One through nineteen where California terminals, the twenty's were Arizona, the thirty's Nevada, the forty's Oregon and the fifty's Washington. Each terminal also had a designated color crayon or chalk to mark the freight. For example, Santa Rosa's crayon color was yellow, so you would mark the cartons or pallet with the destination terminal code and you could tell by the color where the shipment originated. At one point, even the hand trucks were painted the terminal color I guess that way if a hand truck was accidently left in an outbound trailer it could be returned.

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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2011, 05:29:31 PM »
UPS Freight's SCAC is UPSG

Correct me if i'm wrong, but UPS Freight's SCAC is UPGF (United Parcel Ground Freight.

Speaking of UPS, package has a terminal list all their own; it's known as SLIC (Standard Location Idenitification Code.

For example, the SLIC for Harrisburg, PA is PAHAR (or HARPA to the feeder department). SLIC for Jefferson St. (Chicago) is ILJEF.

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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2011, 05:59:17 PM »
Pitt Ohio (SCAC: PITD) assigns a three letter code as well as a number to it's terminals in the chronological order that each terminal opened. I work at the Washington, PA terminal which is known as WSH or 18. A few terminals have been relocated but have kept their orginal designations such as West Middlesex, PA (WMS 9) which is now located in Hermitage, PA and Battle Creek, MI (BTC 22) which moved to Portage, MI. The newest terminal is Indianapolis, IN (IND 23) but there is actually only 21 terminals-Temple Hills, MD (19) and York, PA (21) were closed within a few years of opening.

Freight is marked with the letter designation with a black marker but liberties are taken in the case of at least one terminal. We're actually located in Eighty Four, PA so every now and then I'll see 84 written on the shrinkwrap. You can get away with that sort of thing in a smaller, regional company.

Pallet jacks are assigned and stenciled with spray paint with the terminal number followed by a hyphen and a "unit" number.
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Re: CODES - Terminals, Origins, destinations, acronyms.
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2011, 10:58:45 PM »
UPS Freight's SCAC is UPSG

Correct me if i'm wrong, but UPS Freight's SCAC is UPGF (United Parcel Ground Freight.


John,

You are most certainly correct...

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Re: CODES - Terminals, Origins, destinations, acronyms.
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2011, 12:21:11 AM »
Here are a few more:

Empty trailer = "MTY"

28 foot trailer = pup

40, 42, 45, 48 and/or 53 foot trailer = van (slang "long box")

Delivery receipt (the document that the consignee signs on delivery) = "DR"

At time of pickup, shipping document, bill of lading = "BOL"

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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2011, 04:08:15 AM »
Here are a few I can think of:

KFF = Keep From Freezing

PLT/SKD - Pallet/Skid

K/D or S/U = Knocked Down, Set Up

FS = Fuel Surcharge

FAK = Freight All Kinds

BW = Blanket wrap

STC= Said To Contain

NOI = Not Otherwise Indicated

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Re: CODES - Terminals, Origins, destinations, acronyms.
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2011, 05:01:30 AM »
Here are a few more:

Empty trailer = "MTY"

28 foot trailer = pup

40, 42, 45, 48 and/or 53 foot trailer = van (slang "long box")

Delivery receipt (the document that the consignee signs on delivery) = "DR"

At time of pickup, shipping document, bill of lading = "BOL"

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Delivery receipt: P.O.D. = Proof of Delivery.

SLC = Shipper's load and Count.
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Re: CODES - Terminals, Origins, destinations, acronyms.
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2011, 05:32:46 AM »
Auh, here is another one I use alot every work day:

Shrink Wrapped Pallet = SWP

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