MSC first to adopt container facility code standard

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Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) has become the first container line to adopt a standardized set of global facility codes developed by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC), with assistance from the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), in an attempt to mirror the way worldwide airports have standardized three-digit International Air Transport Association (IATA) codes. Other DCSA participating carriers, such as Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Evergreen Line, HMM, Yang Ming, and Zim Integrated Shipping Services are in the process of adopting the code.  The next step will be to geofence the facilities to support automated tracking of smart containers.

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