BIC container lines API information

API information


The BIC is supporting digitalization initiatives in the container shipping industry by providing standardized codes that can be used by lessors, carriers, shippers, hauliers, or any other party involved in the supply chain.  The use of a standardized code enables all participants to digitally communicate with each other in a unified way without ambiguity.

Code list are foundational to the success of standards and are in use globally supporting many things we take for granted, such as bank codes, airport codes, currency codes and many others.

The BIC provides these codes through APIs (Application Programming Interface) which allows machine to machine communication as well as acting as a source of truth, which software applications can use when building services for the container shipping industry.


The BIC provides the definitions for their APIs on SwaggerHub.  Documentation for the APIs can be found on GitHub and we encourage users to raise an ‘issue’ in GitHub for feature requests or to report queries.

Terms of Use

As always, the BIC wishes to promote standardization in the container shipping industry and believes that the data should be available under a fair use approach. So, we ask you when using our APIs to be responsible with your calls and usage so the APIs can remain openly available to all. If you require access that is more demanding, we have some options available and encourage you to contact us to discuss the best way forward instead of trying to be creative.

The full Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Available APIs :

BIC Facility Codes (BFC) and SMDG Terminal Codes

The BIC Facility Code provides a unique, harmonized code to identify container facilities. The BIC Facility Code database now provides a unique identifier for over 11,000 facilities in 160 countries. SMDG provides a unique identifier for over 900 ocean terminals around the world. The vast majority of facilities in the database now include ‘enhanced’ data with a formatted street address and GPS coordinates.

To request access please complete the registration form here:

API Registration

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The BoxTech Global Container Database is a neutral, centralized data repository providing container owners and users a platform to easily exchange container fleet technical details.  BoxTech provides an easy-to-access source of container characteristics to help support carriers, shippers, forwarders and other stakeholders in the supply chain.

To request access please complete the registration form:

Boxtech Registration

smartbear swaggerhub


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