BIC container lines MISSION & VISION


What is the BIC ?


The Bureau of International des Containers was founded in 1933 as a neutral, non-profit, international organization whose mission is to promote the safe, secure and sustainable expansion of containerization and intermodal transportation.

In 1972 the BIC was appointed the official container owner code registration authority and currently has over 2100 container-operating members in more than 120 countries.


According to ISO Standard 6346 (Freight Containers-coding, identification and marking), the BIC, with the assistance of a worldwide network of National Registration Organizations, assigns an owner code to every container owner or operating company. These codes are listed in the official ‘CONTAINERS BIC-CODE’ Register.


The BIC’s new BoxTech Technical Characteristics Database allows for the efficient sharing of the technical details of containers, including container tare weights for SOLAS VGM declarations.


The BIC is also responsible for the creation, registration, and publication of the LO-Codes which provide a structured coded geographical identification of each facility of every company working in the container industry.


ACEP Database
E-Bic Service
• Conferences and forums
• Participation in working groups for numerous international organizations
• Contributions to international projects from many internationally recognized experts on the BIC Board and BIC members
• Participation in international events such as conferences, exhibitions, and inter-governmental bodies

Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal

41, Rue Réaumur, 75003 PARIS, FRANCE
Tel: +33 147 660 390 | Fax: +33 147 660 891


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