CDI-M makes charges for its service sufficient only to cover costs of its management and operations. Participating chemical companies, pay an annual subscription based on the number of ships they charter and a nominal access fee for each report taken from the database. There are no participation charges for ship owners.
Non-Chemical companies with a legitimate interest in the operation and technical condition of a ship may apply to be a non-voting associate participant, allowing them electronic access to ship reports.
Ships having a CDI-M report on the active database are listed on EQUASIS (European Quality Shipping Information System). Port State Control Memoranda participating in EQUASIS may be granted access to extract statutory information from the ship inspection reports on the active database.