BoxTech provides a central data repository for container owners and operators to post fleet technical details, including container tare weight.

The database allows shippers and other parties in the transport chain to access container tare weights and other technical details on a container-by-container basis by inputting a container’s operational number – or by pinging the database with the container’s operational number if using the API.

Technical Details Shared:

BoxTech allows for the complete set of container technical details to be shared, including:

  • Container number
  • Size-type code
  • Tare weight
  • Maximum gross mass
  • Maximum payload
  • Maximum stacking weight
  • and more


  1. Owners easily post container fleet technical details through APIs or data uploads.
  2. Users enjoy fast, automated access to reliable equipment data from a single location.
  3. Efficiency in complying with the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) declaration requirement.
  4. Avoid phone calls and emails staff will otherwise have to initiate/answer about tare weight, size and type, payload, etc.
  5. APIs allow automated data queries and integration directly into systems.
  6. A non-profit, non-commercial service operated by the BIC.

About BIC

Founded under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce in 1933 as a neutral, non-profit, international organization, the BIC today has over 2600 members in over 127 countries.

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 127 countries. Since 2013 the BIC has also operated the Global ACEP Database, under the guidance of the IMO.

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 an 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.