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The Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (BIC) provide Boxtech to support digitalization in the container industry as a free to use digital resource, that can be accessed through an API

There are some sample use cases detailed to help understand how you may use some of the information available. Boxtech data is provided with support from the shipping lines, lease companies and other container operators, giving more detail than is available on the container door and identifying the current operator for the container in the case of lease containers. Full details can be found on the website

The BIC is a neutral, non-profit, international organization founded in 1933 under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce.  For more information about the BIC, please see

The BIC are on GitHub

How to get started with Boxtech

To start using the Boxtech API you will need to request an API key, the key is free and the only condition of use is that you accept our terms and conditions.

To request an API key please follow the signup process on the website and click the link that is sent to activate your account.

Now you can now request a token to start calling the API, the Getting Started Guide will help you get up and running.

Your now good to go and start using the Boxtech API. The swagger spec for the API is available on swaggerhub:

Need Help?

The API is really easy to query and use, but if you do have questions or would like to suggest some improvements we would really appreciate you taking the time to raise a Github issue and we will respond accordingly.

BIC Boxtech is a non-profit platform for container technical details and BIC are dedicated to supporting digitalization and improving safety and security through the provision of open transparent data. We look forward to hearing from you