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Electronic Shipping Standard for Structural Steel Available for Public Review through May 17, 2004

March 30, 2004 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

A standard that would provide for more cost effective, efficient, and automated methods to ship and receive rolled structural steel shapes has been proposed by the metals industry. The three-part standard was jointly developed by the Metals Service Center Institute, the American Institute of Steel Construction, and the Technical Committee on Structural Shapes.

The first component delineates the information that needs to be on the bar coded shipping label placed on an individual lift of structural steel. The second component is an Advance Shipment Notice (ASN), an electronic file (XML format) sent in advance of the material shipment. The third component is electronic (mill) test report data, supplied by the structural shape producer, which may be included and/or referenced within the electronic file. These three components are linked via a unique reference number generated by the material supplier for a specific producing/distribution facility location. The objective of the standard is to create a more efficient, integrated supply chain, where each shipment lift will have a bar coded license plate that carries with it detailed information about what it is, when it is being sent, who sent it, how it is being shipped and has traceability to its origin (test report data).

The proposed standard is now available for public review through May 17, 2004. Visit www.aisc.org/barcode to review the standard and to submit comments.

Hard copies of the form may be requested and comments submitted to:

Luke Faulkner
American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.
One E. Wacker Drive Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60601
[email protected]

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]


American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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