BIC Container Tare Weight Database Goes Live


Author : Molokini

07/01/2016

The new database of container tare weight data recently announced by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC) is now live, with more than half a million containers already uploaded and new files being added daily. Container owners and operators are encouraged to sign up now to upload their fleet files to the database, and shippers are invited to start using the data right away. 

The Technical Characteristics Database (TCD) is now accessible on the following website:

www.bic-boxtech.org

The pilot database, which was launched by the BIC in response to the new SOLAS* mandatory container weight verification requirements in effect from 1st July 2016, provides an easy-to-access source of container tare weight data to help support carriers, shippers, forwarders and other intermediaries. New container data is being added to the TCD by carriers and leasing companies every day.

“Following months of working closely with container owners, operators and shippers, the TCD was developed to provide a simple, effective tool that helps shippers, owners and operators to reduce their workload and improve efficiency,” explainsBertrand Geoffray, Secretary General of the BIC.  “For total simplicity, the sole focus of the TCD is to capture the technical characteristics of a container, including tare weight, alongside the container’s operational number,”

The new database offers access to data supplied by the first partners of the pilot project and additional carriers are uploading fleet details on an ongoing basis. Container owners and operators are welcome to sign up online straight away in order to start uploading fleet files, and to allow owners and operators to update fleet details automatically going forward, APIs will be available very soon.  Once fully populated, the database will enable all users to access a vast source of container tare weight and other technical characteristics simply by querying the container number. 

Shippers, and other parties wishing to access the data, can now do so via the secure TCD website www.bic-boxtech.org.  The API, which will be live shortly, will also provide the option to automatically integrate data into shipper and forwarder systems. Either method offers a simpler alternative to visiting multiple websites or obtaining this information from the container door. 

Geoffray continues “There has been a lot of support from across the industry since the BIC announced the launch of the TCD, recognizing the importance of a central source of this type of container data.  However we are keen for more parties to contribute to this significant project in the coming weeks.  We urge owners and operators to get involved and start uploading container data to the database now.”

The minimum data elements required to participate in the TCD are the container number and tare weight, but, to achieve the full benefit of the database, the BIC is encouraging owners to upload as many of the technical details as possible.

The database is particularly useful for ‘Method 2’ shippers, those adding cargo and securing material weight to the container tare weight to obtain the Verified Gross Mass (VGM), and also benefits carriers and leasing companies, who will be able to provide automated tare weight access without having to invest time or money on multiple integrations or requests for individual tare weights. It also simplifies access to tare weights in the event of containers being traded between parties.  

Beyond the benefits related to compliance with SOLAS*, the database will also allow companies such as terminals, rail operators and hauliers to improve efficiency by conveniently accessing container details using only the operational number, while in the event of an accident, insurers and investigators may benefit from the database with access to technical details.  In addition, including the manufacturer ID number within the technical characteristics of a container will make the database useful in the event of container loss, insurance claims and recoveries.

The pilot phase of the database, which is expected to last until the end of the year, is being provided free of charge to all parties. After this, the program will be evaluated with industry partners before full roll-out. In any case, the TCD will only be operated as a non-profit, non-commercial service.

The TCD can be accessed at www.bic-boxtech.org

For more information on the TCD, see the FAQs here: www.bic-boxtech.org/faqs/ or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Latest Client News

Entries now open for Talent...

01/08/2018

Entries for the annual Talent in Logistics Awards are now open, providing a unique opportunity to recognise, reward and celebrate the transport, warehousing and logistics industry professionals that are inspiring and developing future talent.

Talent in Logistics...

//13/12/2017

The agenda for the Talent in Logistics Conference 2018 has been revealed, featuring sessions that tackle the challenges around recruitment, safety, training and funding within the transport and logistics industries.

450°c Coils Get Lifted by 30...

//13/12/2017

Hyster Company has adapted a 30 tonne lift capacity Hyster® forklift to simplify transportation of hot metal coils, while reducing truck wear and tear.  Uniquely, the lift truck mast has no chain.

LGV Driving Assessors...

12/12/2017

RTITB Instructor Academy is reminding transport and logistics operations not to overlook LGV Driving Assessor training, highlighting the many advantages it can bring to businesses.

Hyster and Kanoo – a 57...

//08/12/2017

Senior representatives from Hyster recently visited Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group, the exclusive Hyster® dealer for Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, marking 57 years of partnership.

RTITB only accrediting body...

12/05/2017

Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB has been recognised as a key industry influencer in The Logistics 100, the only representative of an accrediting body to receive this endorsement.

Latest Molokini News

Logistics and Transport...

01/01/1970

To get your year off to a flying start in 2018, you may be thinking about attending materials handling, manufacturing, transport or shipping industry trade shows and forums.

Molokini Site Wins ‘Website...

01/01/1970

Luxury Swimming Pool & Spa company Guncast took home the coveted title of ‘Website of the Year’ at this year’s UK Pool & Spa Awards, which were held on the 4th December at The Vox Conference Centre, for a website built earlier this year by Worthing marketing agency, Molokini Marketing.

PR trends to look out for in...

//04/12/2017

As the year draws to a close, Molokini’s PR experts are looking ahead to 2018’s PR trends. But first, what were the top PR trends this year?

Materials Handling...

//31/10/2017

Although we’re fast approaching the end of 2017, there is still a range of events for the materials handling, manufacturing, ports and shipping industry taking place.  

Ingenious Home Pages for...

01/01/1970

The homepage is arguably, one of the most important pages on a website. This is the first impression that users have of a brand and more often than not, the page that receives the most traffic.  

Social Media Secrets...

01/01/1970

To help associations truly stand out from the crowd, here are some tips for using social media channels to aid significant membership growth and retention.