New standards for containers
BIC (Bureau International des Containers) and DCSA (Digital Container Shipping Association) have accomplished a standardisation of codes used to identify facilities such as depots, container yards, M&R vendors and other supply chain container facilities.
The organisations "have achieved a clean, machine-readable database of over 11,000 facilities in 160 countries," they said in a press release.
Each facility in the database now has a structured address, GPS coordinates and a nine-character BIC facility code assigned to be easily consumed by existing IT systems.
Furthermore, machine learning techniques were used to sanitise and align nearly 30,000 facility codes from ten major carriers and lessors, resulting in high-quality, harmonised facility names, addresses, GPS coordinates and the standardised code the industry has been looking for. (cd)