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Container ISO 6346

ISO 6346 is an international standard covering the coding, identification and marking of intermodal (shipping) containers used within containerized intermodal freight transport. It establishes an standard visual identification system for every container which includes a unique coding of each container. The standard is managed by the International Container Bureau (BIC) BIC Container Database & BIC Container Search Page.

Check your Container and Calculate your Checkdigit via BIC Container Check or via Shipping Container Validation or via Container Owner Info

Container Databases

For more information on Containers and ISO 6346 see ISO6346

For more information on Country Codes and ISO 3166-2A ISO3166-2A


Handy page to find container companies and shippers in countries which are listed, to prevent that you end up with the wrong shipper or cargo-container, like HDXU which is HDS Lines Iran (IRISL) = listed by OFAC & EU and SBAU which is SEIBOW Logistics = listed by OFAC.


The Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Inter modal (B.I.C.), with 1700 members, is the only non-governmental organization linking all groups interested in containerization and inter modal transport: carriers, manufacturers, operators, lessors, shippers, forwarders, etc. BIC Container Database & BIC Container Search Page.


At Shipping Container Information you will find useful information on Container Companies, Details, Codes, Check Digit, Validation, Track & Trace, etc. More information on Container Owner Info or the general page of Shipping Container Information

OFAC

Marc 31, 2011 - OFAC issued a warning on Presentation of Fraudulent Shipping Documents & Fabricated Container Prefixes

The Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") is issuing this an advisory to alert shippers, importers/exporters and freight forwarders to practices used by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines ("IRISL")1 and companies acting on its behalf to evade U.S. and international economic sanctions. These practices, which hide the involvement of IRISL in shipping transactions, include (1) using container prefixes registered to another carrier; (2) omitting or listing invalid, incomplete or false container prefixes in shipping container numbers; and/or (3) naming non-existent ocean vessels in shipping documents. Examples of container prefixes that have been used by IRISL and either belong to another carrier or are fabricated include "IRSU" (belongs to another carrier), "XBIU" (belongs to another carrier) and "ALXU" (fabricated). Examples of container prefixes that are registered to designated entities affiliated with IRISL include "SBAU" and "HDXU." Documents making use of these practices can be used to facilitate IRISL’s shipping business and the financing of transactions involving merchandise shipped on vessels that have been identified as blocked, including through letters of credit and other trade finance facilities.

Transactions involving U.S.-sanctioned entities cannot be processed through the United States or by U.S. persons unless there is an authorization from OFAC. Given the active and ongoing attempts at sanctions evasion by IRISL, OFAC advises all persons to exercise enhanced due diligence to ensure that they do not unwittingly process fraudulent shipping documents or facilitate prohibited activities. All persons should be alert to the presentation of fabricated vessel names in trade documents and check the bona fides of unfamiliar entities issuing shipping documents. One further useful step to mitigate this risk is to verify the accuracy of container numbers, particularly when unfamiliar with the issuer of the shipping documents. Information for verifying container numbers is available on the Internet using a search term, such as "shipping container validation."

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this advisory, or sanctions on Iran, please contact OFAC’s Compliance Hotline at 1-800-540-6322 or 202-622-2490.

Iran Containers

Prefix Company Town Country
AGIU ATLAS GROUP TEHRAN IRAN
HDXU HDS LINES TEHRAN IRAN
KGNU KIMYAGARAN CHEMICAL IND TEHRAN IRAN
LCTU JAM PETROCHEMMICAL TEHRAN IRAN
PESU PETRO IMAN SEPAHAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES FAHAN IRAN
XANU PETRO KIMIA NEGIN CO ANZALI IRAN
IRSU Fabricated, belongs to another company Linked to IRISL by OFAC
ALXU Fabricated Linked to IRISL by OFAC
XBIU Fabricated, belongs to another company Linked to IRISL by OFAC
SBAU Seibow Linked to IRISL by OFAC China
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