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What is the BIC ?


The Bureau 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.

Publisher of the BIC Code Register since 1970, the BIC was appointed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1972 as the industry’s global container prefix registry, a role further endorsed by international customs conventions, and currently has over 2600 container-operating members in more than 130 countries.

Today, the BIC code is the “international calling card” of nearly every container in international trade, allowing for proper identification and facilitating the crossing of borders without delay. With a mission to promote the safe, secure and sustainable expansion of intermodal transportation, the BIC enables professional dialogue amongst its members, standards bodies, governments and other industry organizations.  The BIC holds official observer status as a NGO at both the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), and contributes regularly as an observer to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and other organizations.


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 recently launched the BoxTech Global Container Database to help improve efficiency and safety in the supply chain, and to help simplify compliance with SOLAS container weight reporting requirements.

BoxTech Global Container 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 BIC Facility Codes which provide a structured coded geographical identification of each facility of every company working in the container industry.


ACEP Database : since 2013 the BIC has operated the Global ACEP Database, under the guidance of the IMO.
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• 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

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