WHAT IS AN NATO COMMERCIAL AND GOVERNMENT ENTITY CODE (NCAGE) CODE?Each manufacturer or supplier who provides equipment or spares to a country utilising the NCS, together with other organisations who provide design control drawings, standards or specifications, or a service to that countries defence force, needs to be allocated a NATO Commercial And Government Entity (NCAGE) code in order to comply with the requirements of the NCS system and with the systems of the other nations who utilise the NCS.
An NCAGE Code is a five (5) position code that identifies companies or entities doing or wishing to do business with the governments or defence organisations. Individual NCBs allocate these unique five-character codes to companies located in that country.
WHY DO I NEED AN NCAGE CODE?NCAGE records are used to hold manufacturer/supplier details such as name, address, postcode, telephone number, fax and company email address. The code is used to support a variety of systems throughout the military and governmental and defence organisations. The code provides for a standardized method of identifying a given company or facility at a specific address - so it is possible for a large company to have several NCAGE codes, one for each location. In some cases, prime contractors may require their sub-contractors to have a NCAGE Code also.
The NCAGE code is used along with the manufacturer/suppliers part number to form a reference which is held on the NATO Stock Number (NSN) record. This reference enables users of the NCS to determine who manufactures/supplies the Item of Supply. It is therefore in the interest of suppliers to ensure that the information held in the NCAGE database is complete and up to date.