Container Identification System

The currency is called the International Standards Organization under ISO6346: 1995 (E) and the Container Identification System consists of:

 Owner Code

Three letters represent an abbreviation of the name of the company or the shipping lines belonging to the container. For example, MAEU is an abbreviation, which is known for the container industry, and it is distinctive letters that are owned only by its owner and registered in the Bureau International Des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (BIC) to avoid any duplicates of the code through companies and lines Other navigational.

 Equipment Category

The fourth and last letter and it has an indication of the classification of containers, for example, the letter U means that it is a Freight container while the letter J means Detachable containers and the letter Z means Trailers and Chassis.

Serial Number

 Made up of 6 numbers

 Check digit: only one number, seventh and last.

 Check Digit

The serial number of the container is very important because it is used to find out if the Serial number is correct or not. For example, you can go to the BIC’s website and search by the owner code and the serial number for any container you want and the Check digit of it will appear to you.

Container Owner

The owner and manager of the container, either a shipping company or a leasing company such as Retainer to operate it is based on the rental of containers for shipping lines to want to supply its stock of containers and not increase their ownership.

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Maximum Gross

Maximum weight allowed for a container load and an empty weight of the container Tare weight.

 ISO Code

An abbreviation for International Standards Organization under ISO6346: 1995 (E) has made each container have its own code to avoid any ambiguity in knowing the container name and its classification. For example, the 20 Feet container has several designations or categories depending on the use there is the Dry van (DV) and General purpose (GP), Standard (SD) and Normal, Dry container (DC) as well as in various countries.

Classification Society Label for Type Testing

The durability range and the goods loaded and fit through the Classification Society are then attached to a label indicating that this container has undergone this test with the details that have emerged.

Weight of Container

Weight of empty container documented by the factory after the container manufacturing process, and it is considered important because it is often ignored by shipping companies and planners in the process of coordinating the container load on ships, so disasters occur if the ship’s load is 19,000 containers and the empty weight of each of them is 2250 kg in total 42,750 thousand tons not counted from the total tonnage.

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 Maximum Payload

 The maximum weight of the goods inside the container does not include the Tare weight, and not declaring that extra weight costs the loss of the property.


The absorption load in the cubic capacity of the container, declaring an increase in the amount of the declared volume will not only cause physical loss but will cause significant financial losses to the seller and buyer due to exceeding the permissible limit in the bill of lading, especially if the goods are sold in size.

  Safety Certifications

Every container must have a metal plate bearing a certificate of safety and security called Container Safety Convention Plate for use in international trade, among the texts and items set by the International Convention on Safe Containers in 1972

The tasks of this plate prove the container has been inspected and its condition allows transport and shipment on board

This panel contains all the details of the owner, technical and technical data, and information about the ACEP

It is an acronym for Approved Continuous Examination Program. It is the process of inspecting the container at least e

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