BIC Facility Code

Detail about the structure of the BIC Facility Code (BFC)


The BIC Facility Code began life in the 1980s as the “LoCode” identifier under ISO 9897. Now a “child code” of the UN/Locode, the BIC Facility Code is used to identify container facilities such as depots, container yards, container freight stations, M&R vendors and other facilities in the container supply chain. The BIC Facility Code is complementary to the SMDG Ocean Terminal Code, which is also a child code of the UN/Locode. The BIC Facility Code covers container facility types other than ocean terminals.

Code Structure

The BIC Facility Code is a 9 character code that identifies a container depot or facility, as it is a child code of the UN/LOCODE it identifies facilities by extending the 5 character UN/LOCODE to further identify container facilities.

Lets take an example to explain the structure:


The first 5 characters are the UN/LOCODE and describe a country and city/town

  • GB - The ISO Country Code for the United Kingdom

  • LIV - The code for Liverpool (in the UK)

The next 4 characters are assigned by the BIC to identify a container facility within that UN/LOCODE

  • JMDA

NOTE: The BIC Code is never separated it is always presented as a 9 character combined code, so only GBLIVJMDA would be considered to be the BIC Facility Code.

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