Global Identification Number for Consignment (GINC)

What are GINCs?

The GINCS can be used by companies to identify a consignment comprised of one or more logistic units that are intended to be transported together.

Logistic units in a shipment may be associated with different GINCs during various transport stages; for example, when the shipment gets consolidated with other shipments during its journey and deconsolidated again before it reaches the consignee.

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Allows freight forwarders and transport providers to keep track of the logistic units being transported together.

Use GINCs to identify a grouping of logistic units that has been consigned to a freight forwarder or carrier and is intended to be transported as a whole. This ID Key is generally assigned by the freight forwarder or carrier.

  • The GINC is typically used by freight forwarders to instruct transport providers; for example, on a Master Airway Bill (MAWB) or a Master Bill of Lading (MBL)

  • The GINC can be encoded in a barcode or as text on a MAWB / MBL, or in addition to the SSCC, on a logistics label

  • The GINC can be electronically used in transport instruction and transport status messages between freight forwarder and transport provider

A GINC is formed with the following component:

  • APPLICATION IDENTIFIER (AI): AI (401) to indicate GINC

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The GINC is fully compatible with ISO/IEC 15418.