Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions for the Technical Characteristics Database

The use of the Technical Characteristics Database (the “TCD”), created and managed by Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (the “BIC”), an association subject to the law dated 1 July 1901, whose registered office is located 41 rue Reaumur, 75003 Paris – France, is subject to the present terms and conditions (the “T&Cs”).

The term “Subscriber” designates a legal entity allowed by the BIC to upload Container Technical Data to the TCD and/or access the TCD under the T&Cs.  The Subscriber is the legal entity identified as the “Company” on the sign-up form.  The person who completes the sign-up form warrants that he/she has the right to upload the Container Technical Data and/or have access to it on behalf of the Subscriber and is aware that, by doing so, he/she engages the Subscriber under the T&Cs.


There are two Subscriber types:

  • a “ Regular” subscriber which has no data upload rights and may only access Container Technical Data on the TCD.
  • an “Owner/Operator” Subscriber which is allowed to access Container Technical Data on the TCD as well as to upload Container Technical Data to the TCD.

In these T&Cs, the term “Subscriber” refers to all Subscribers (including Owners/Operators) and the term “Owner/Operator” refers specifically to Owners/Operators Subscribers.

The term “Owner/Operator” designates an owner or principal operator of Containers.  An entity accepts the terms and conditions related to Owners/Operators when uploading Container Technical Data.

The term “Container” encompasses freight containers operated under the International Convention for Safe Containers and conforming to the specifications set forth in ISO standards (ISO 668 and ISO 6346), as well as accessories and road chassis used to haul containers.

The BIC reserves the right to modify the T&Cs at any time. The modified T&Cs shall become applicable to the Subscriber upon their acceptance.

Except with the written agreement of the BIC, the T&Cs prevail over any contrary provisions issued by the Subscriber under its own terms and conditions.


  1. Services


1.1 Registration of Technical Data

Each Owner/Operator may decide to upload fleet technical data which must include the Container’s operational number and tare weight and, at the Owner/Operator’s option, other technical details such as size and type, maximum gross mass, payload, stacking mass, manufacturer ID number and other details (“Technical Data”), in a specific database maintained by the BIC, the TCD. The Owner/Operator shall upload files in a defined format to be provided by the BIC. The allowable technical details shall be indicated in the file template provided by the BIC.

The Owner/Operator represents that all the Technical Data uploaded on the TCD are provided in good faith, and contain the best information available in its records.  Subscribers acknowledge that container characteristics provided by Owners/Operators are generally those provided to the Owner/Operator by the Container factory or classification society upon manufacture and that a) variations between the originally declared characteristics (including but not limited to the weight) and actual characteristics may occur, and b) characteristics may change during the life of the container.  Therefore, Subscribers acknowledge and agree that the Technical Data uploaded on the TCD by the Owner/Operator may not reflect with the utmost accuracy the current characteristics of the Container and the Owner/Operator accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any discrepancies.”

The Owner/Operator further warrants that it has the right to upload the Technical Data and that the BIC has the right to display such information in the TCD, without any breach of the rights of third parties or applicable laws. The Owner/Operator accepts full responsibility for Container Data uploaded by said Owner/Operator, and acknowledges that the BIC, in making this data available on the TCD, accepts no responsibility whatsoever for the data.

To upload Container Technical Data, the Owner/Operator must be a registered owner/operator of ISO-6346 compliant containers.

Following the upload by the Owner/Operator of the Technical Data in the specified format, the BIC shall display the Technical Data on the TCD website accessible through the following url: (the “Website”). The Owner/Operator must provide regular fleet file updates to ensure the TCD remains current. The BIC reserves the right to remove the Technical Data if no updated files are received for a period of one (1) year.

Subscriber agrees that the BIC may display a list of  Subscribers, and that periodic announcements will be made to inform the shipping community of additional Owners/Operators that have made Technical Data available on the TCD.


1.2 Access to Technical Data

Subscribers may obtain access to the TCD by completing the sign-up form.  Subscribers will then be granted a user ID and password to access the Technical Data on the TCD.

Technical Data may only be accessed by Subscribers by typing the operational number of the relevant Container. Subscribers may also be allowed by the BIC to access the Technical Data through an Application Programming Interface developed for the BIC (the “API”) allowing integrated queries of Technical Data using the operational number of the Container. The BIC does not guarantee any compatibility of the Website with the API and shall be free to modify at any time the TCD environment and specification, without any liability towards Subscribers in case these modifications render the TCD incompatible with the API and/or require additional development works for the Subscribers.

The BIC does not guarantee any continuity of access to the Website or the TCD and reserves the right to close access to the Website and/or the TCD, for maintenance purposes, at its discretion. Except in case of emergency, the BIC will make reasonable efforts to give prior information to Subscribers before any closure of the Website and/or the TCD.


  1. Formation and termination of the Agreement

The agreement is formed by the acceptance of theT&Cs. Clicking “Accept” Terms & Conditions on the sign-up form implies perfect knowledge and acceptance of the T&Cs on behalf of the “Subscriber” (the “Agreement”).

The BIC reserves the right to terminate the Agreement forthwith, without such notice of termination triggering any obligation to indemnify the Subscriber and without prejudice to its rights to damages, especially if it seems that the Technical Data supplied by the Owner/Operator are inaccurate, fraudulent or insufficient, the Technical Data were used by the Subscriber for illicit purposes or to exercise an activity that is illegal or damages to the BIC or third parties, the Subscriber is acknowledged guilty of illicit or criminal action by a judicial decision or if such termination is required by a judicial decision.

The Agreement may also be immediately terminated upon written notification of the Subscriber, who shall be under no obligation to provide any justification.

The termination of the Agreement in accordance with the terms of this article shall have the following consequences:

  • For the Owner/Operator, to terminate (i) the possibility to upload any data in the TCD and (ii) the display of the Technical Data on the TCD.
  • For all Subscribers, to terminate any right to access the TCD.


  1. Security


3.1 Subscriber’s obligations

The Subscriber will be given all applicable user ID passwords to use in connection with the TCD and will ensure that each one of its employees/consultants is given their own individual user ID and password, which may not be shared with another individual or legal entity for any reason.

The Subscriber will be responsible for changing such passwords immediately upon first use of the TCD and is entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of such passwords and of its accounts (including, if applicable, the passwords and accounts of each of the Subscriber’s employees accessing the TCD by means of an account established by the Subscriber). The Subscriber is responsible for all access to and use of the TCD through its passwords.


3.2 Unauthorised access

 The BIC is not responsible for any unauthorised access and/or use by any third party who independently gains access to the Subscriber’s instance of the TCD and/or related information.

The Subscriber will notify the BIC promptly of any unauthorised use of any user accounts or of any other breach of security occurring as a result of any activities of any of the Subscriber’s end-users or of any vulnerabilities that the Subscriber believes are contained in or caused by the TCD so that the BIC may take or recommend appropriate remedial measures.

The BIC will have no liability for any loss or damage arising from the Subscriber’s failure to comply with the provisions of this article.


3.3 Anti-virus software

The BIC and the Subscribers agree (i) to maintain and update an industry standard anti-virus program within their respective computer systems and (ii) to use commercially reasonable efforts to check attachments to e-mail messages that a party receives before saving such attachments to their respective organization’s hard drives or servers.

Subscribers authorised to access the TCD through an API shall be fully responsible for any damage caused to the TCD or the BIC’s IT system because of any viruses, Trojan horse, logical bomb, worm or any other code or instruction affecting a program, software, data, file, data base, computer or other equipment or element of the BIC because of the connexion between the BIC’s IT systems and the Subscriber’s IT Systems through the API.


  1. Responsibility

The BIC shall incur no liability whatsoever with respect to:

  • the nature, accuracy, completeness or legality of the Technical Data uploaded by the Owner/Operator,
  • the personal, financial and legal situation of the Owner/Operator, especially with respect to its solvency, its activities and the actual existence or the activities of the Containers which it pretends to own or operate,
  • any operations, including sale and lease, concerning a Container for which Technical Data has been uploaded in the TCD,
  • the use by Subscribers or any third parties of the Technical Data,
  • any damages that would result directly or indirectly from the use of the Technical Data by the Subscriber or its subsidiaries/employees/consultants/trading partners.

The Owner/Operator shall indemnify the BIC against any damages the BIC may suffer because of any breach by the Owner/Operator of any of the representations made in article 1.1, including third parties’ claims. The Owner/Operator further agrees to indemnify the BIC for any claims made against the BIC in relation to the nature, completeness or legality of data uploaded by said Owner/Operator.

In any case, the BIC’s liability towards a Subscriber may not exceed one thousand euro (€ 1,000).

The BIC shall not incur any liability for any special, incidental, consequential, indirect, exemplary, or punitive damages or liabilities for any cause whatsoever arising out of or relating to the Agreement, nor for any damages for lost profit, lost revenue, loss of use, loss of goodwill, loss of reputation, loss of data, regulatory fines, costs of recreating lost data, the cost of any substitute equipment, software program, or data, regardless of whether the possibility of such damages or liabilities was communicated to the BIC and regardless of whether the BIC had or gained knowledge of the existence of such damages or liabilities.


  1. Terms of pilot phase

Throughout the pilot phase, the Services are provided free of charge. The BIC reserves the right to charge for the provision of the Services after the completion of the pilot phase.  Subscribers will be informed of any fees related to the Service at least three (3) months before their entry into force.


  1. Intellectual property/ personal data


6.1 Intellectual property

The BIC shall make no claim of ownership of Technical Data uploaded to the TCD.

The Subscriber acknowledges that (i) the BIC took the initiative and the risk of the investment allowing the creation of the TCD, (ii) the constitution, verification and presentation of the TCD results from a substantial investment of the BIC and (iii) the BIC is the sole producer of the TCD.

The Subscriber undertakes not to undertake any extraction or reuse of a substantial part of the TCD for any other reason than for its own needs without the prior written agreement of the BIC.


6.2 License over the API

In case a Subscriber is allowed to use the API, such Subscriber shall receive a world-wide, limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable licence, without any right to sub-license, to use the API, for the duration of the Agreement and solely for its internal business purposes. Use of the API shall be limited to the employees or consultants of the Subscriber for whom the BIC has granted a user ID and a password in accordance with the terms of article 3.1.


6.3 Personal data

Privacy and the protection of personal data are very important for the BIC. The BIC may collect personal data, such as for instance name and e-mail address, from Subscribers concerning their employees or consultants. These data will be used by the BIC solely for the purpose of the management of the client relationship with the Subscriber (invoicing, renewal request…) and the management of the TCD.

The Subscriber hereby declares that any employee or consultant whose personal data are provided to the BIC was informed of the BIC’s identity as data controller, of the purposes of the data processing, of the existence of his/her rights of access and rectification.


  1. Language

The French version of the T&Cs shall prevail over any other version.


  1. Applicable Law

The execution, interpretation, performance, termination or cancellation of the Agreement shall be subject to French law.


  1. Jurisdiction

Any dispute related to the Agreement, and especially its execution, its interpretation, its performance and its termination or cancellation and their consequences, shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Tribunal de Commerce having jurisdiction over the BIC’s registered office.


Last updated: 18th October 2016

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