GS1 and the Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (BIC) have agreed to co-operate and encourage the harmonisation of supply chain standards for freight, transport and logistics.
GS1 is the not for profit supply chain standards organisation and BIC is the official registration office for international container owner and operator identification codes.
The agreement sets out a framework for co-operation and technical collaboration between both organisations, which looks to establish a number of standards.
GS1 is set to develop global standards for the supply chain which are used to improve efficiency and visibility of goods, while BIC will look develop and enforce global standards used to identify owners or principle operators of freight containers in international trade.
GS1 and BIC will contribute to the definition of the standards through the relevant ISO groups and internal standards development activities such as the GS1 GSMP (Global Standards Management Process).