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The new version of the Global ACEP Database has been released, paving the way for global deployment.        


The Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (B.I.C.), with over 2000 members, is the only non-governmental organization linking all groups interested in containerization and intermodal transport: carriers, manufacturers, operators, lessors, shippers, forwarders, authorities and other international organizations.

Besides its mandate under the ISO and the WCO to allocate and protect the ISO alpha code for the identification of containers in international trade, the BIC assignment includes:


 Contribution to the expansion of safe, secure and sustainable containerization  and intermodal transport,

 Facilitation of professional discussions on all subjects connected with containers  and intermodal transport,

 Maintenance and update of specialized documentation for the benefit of its  members



 Important notice regarding the implementation of the European ILU code in July 2014  

Members are advised that the ISO prefix (or “BIC Code”) delivered by the BIC is fully compliant with the new European marking requirement (EN 13044).  No action is required.  You are not required to register a new code.   Your BIC code remains valid for all of your equipment types, including domestic equipment, swap-bodies, etc. Those members operating both international equipment and swap bodies or semi-trailers utilized entirely within Europe and who wish to utilize an ILU code on Europe-only equipment can apply for an ILU code that utilizes the BIC code, with the letter ‘K’ replacing the ‘U’ as the fourth character. 
Please feel free to contact us on +33 1 47 66 03 90 should you have any questions.


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