- The identification of the owner or principal operator;
- The identification of the unit by its owner or operator as a reference number for its database (dimensions, type, year of putting into operation, date of control, of maintenance, etc..).
- The international circulation and temporary admission for customs purpose;
- The control of containers, manually or automatically by computerised and/or remote control systems at any stage of the transportation chain and especially in intermodal transport.
Used & published worldwide
- A paper copy of the BIC-CODE Register is published yearly
- The latest list of BIC codes is always available on BIC’s website
- The eBIC service provides the register in electronic format to members as well as terminals, Customs authorities, and other international organizations
- Available via API
Frequently Asked Questions
A shipping container code is a standardised method of identification for intermodal containers. Also known as ISO 6346 or Container Prefix and maintained by BIC, shipping container codes are made up of owner prefix, equipment identifier, serial number and check digit.
The identification number can be found on the front-end, both sides, top and door-end of the shipping container. This is made up of owner prefix, equipment identifier, serial number and check digit. See more details of container markings