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UN/EDIFACT
UNITED NATIONS STANDARD MESSAGE (UNSM)

Documentary credit application message

Version:D
Release:02B
Contr. Agency:UN
Revision:4
Date:2003-02-13
SOURCE:D6 Finance (SWG)

CONTENTS
Documentary credit application message
  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. SCOPE
    1. Functional definition
    2. Field of application
    3. Principles
  3. REFERENCES
  4. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    1. Standard terms and definitions
  5. MESSAGE DEFINITION
    1. Segment clarification
    2. Segment index (alphabetical sequence by tag)
    3. Message structure
      1. Segment table

For general information on UN standard message types see UN Trade Data Interchange Directory, UNTDID, Part 4, Section 2.3, UN/ECE UNSM General Introduction


This message also occurs in the following versions of this standard:
D93A, D94A, D94B, D95A, D95B, D96A, D96B, D97A, D97B, D98A, D98B, D99A, D99B, D00A, D00B, D01A, D01B, D01C, D02A, D02B, D03A, D03B, D04A, D04B

0. INTRODUCTION

This specification provides the definition of the Documentary credit application message (DOCAPP) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1. SCOPE


1.1. Functional definition

A message from a party requesting the issuance of a documentary credit to the party providing such a service. In this message, the conditions under which the sender of the message requires the documentary credit to be issued are given.


1.2. Field of application

The Documentary credit application message may be used for both national and international applications. It is based on universal practice related to administration, commerce and transport, and is not dependent on the type of business or industry.


1.3. Principles

Unless otherwise specified, the documentary credit is issued subject to the Uniform Customs and Practices for Documentary Credits, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France, which are in effect on the date of issue.


2. REFERENCES

See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 1.


3. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS


3.1. Standard terms and definitions

See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2.


4. MESSAGE DEFINITION


4.1. Segment clarification

This section should be read in conjunction with the segment table which indicates mandatory, conditional and repeating requirements.

The following guidelines and principles apply to the whole message and are intended to facilitate the understanding and implementation of the message:

  • Where a choice of code or text is given only the code element should be used wherever possible.
  • Data that is not necessary to meet the functional requirements of the message should not be included.
  • Free text information within the message should be avoided as this inhibits automatic processing.

0010 UNH, Message header

A service segment starting and uniquely identifying a message. The message type code for the Documentary credit application message is DOCAPP.

Note: Documentary credit application messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UNH, composite S009:

Data element0065DOCAPP
0052D
005402B
0051UN

0020 BGM, Beginning of message

A segment by means of which the sender must uniquely identify the DOCAPP message using its type and number and when necessary its function.

0030 INP, Parties and instruction

A segment specifying special documentary credit instructions. It specifies the confirmation instructions and, if applicable, any additional conditions, the method of issuance of the documentary credit, pre-advice instructions and documents delivery instructions.

0040 FCA, Financial charges allocation

A segment specifying the allocation of charges.

0050 BUS, Business function

A segment providing information related to the type of documentary credit (i.e. irrevocable or revocable, transferable or not transferable). It may also identify the geographic environment of the documentary credit.

0060 RFF, Reference

A segment identifying, if applicable, the documentary credit number.

0070 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment specifying the date and/or time the message is created and, if applicable, the presentation period within which documents are to be presented.

0080 FTX, Free text

A segment with free text information used when additional information is needed but cannot be accommodated within other segments. This may be instructions and information about revolving documentary credits and other supplementary information.

0090 Segment Group 1: FII-RFF-CTA-COM

A group of segments identifying the financial institutions and account numbers involved in the documentary credit, their functions and notification references.

0100 FII, Financial institution information

A segment identifying the financial institution(s) associated with the documentary credit, in coded or uncoded form, their functions and account numbers involved. Identification of the Applicant's Bank is mandatory for the DOCAPP message.

0110 RFF, Reference

A segment specifying reference numbers of parties specified in the leading FII segment.

0120 CTA, Contact information

A segment identifying a person or a department for the party specified in the leading FII segment to whom communication should be directed.

0130 COM, Communication contact

A segment identifying communication type(s) and number(s) of person(s) or department(s) specified in the associated CTA segment.

0140 Segment Group 2: NAD-RFF-CTA-COM

A group of segments identifying the name and address of each non-financial party involved in the transaction, their functions and notification references.

0150 NAD, Name and address

A segment identifying names and addresses of the parties associated with the documentary credit, in coded or uncoded form, and their functions. Identification of the Applicant and Beneficiary is mandatory for the DOCAPP message.

0160 RFF, Reference

A segment specifying reference numbers of parties specified in the leading NAD segment.

0170 CTA, Contact information

A segment identifying a person or a department for the party specified in the leading NAD segment to whom communication should be directed.

0180 COM, Communication contact

A segment identifying communication type(s) and number(s) of person(s) or department(s) specified in the associated CTA segment.

0190 Segment Group 3: DTM-LOC

A group of segments specifying the expiry date of the documentary credit and, if applicable, the place where the documentary credit expires for the presentation of the required documents.

0200 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment specifying the expiry date of the documentary credit.

0210 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment specifying the place where the documentary credit expires for the presentation of the required documents.

0220 Segment Group 4: MOA-SG5

A group of segments specifying the amount and currency of the documentary credit and, if applicable, any additional amounts covered under the documentary credit. It may also specify the tolerance or specification of the amount(s).

0230 MOA, Monetary amount

A segment specifying the amount and currency of the documentary credit and, if applicable, any additional amounts covered under the documentary credit.

Specification of the documentary credit amount is mandatory for the DOCAPP message.

0240 Segment Group 5: ALC-PCD

A group of segments specifying the tolerance or specification of the amount(s) specified in Segment Group 4.

0250 ALC, Allowance or charge

A segment specifying the tolerance or specification of the amount(s) specified in Segment Group 4.

0260 PCD, Percentage details

A segment specifying the amount tolerance in percentage.

0270 Segment Group 6: LOC-DTM

A group of segments specifying from where and to where the shipment(s) under the documentary credit must be made and relevant dates for the transport of goods.

0280 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment specifying from where and to where shipment(s) under the documentary credit must be made.

0290 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment specifying the date or period of shipment.

0300 Segment Group 7: PAI-LOC

A group of segments specifying with whom the documentary credit is available.

0310 PAI, Payment instructions

A segment specifying with whom the documentary credit is available.

0320 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment identifying the city and/or country where the documentary credit is available with any bank.

0330 Segment Group 8: PYT-FII-DTM-MOA-PCD-FTX

A group of segments specifying the method of availability of the documentary credit.

0340 + PYT, Payment terms

A segment specifying the method of availability. It may also specify at which maturity date payment is to be made and how the maturity date is to be determined.

0350 FII, Financial institution information

A segment identifying, when necessary, the party on whom drafts must be drawn.

0360 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment specifying, when necessary, a specific maturity date.

0370 MOA, Monetary amount

A segment specifying in those cases that the documentary credit should be available by mixed payment (e.g. sight payment and deferred payment) the part of the documentary credit amount that is payable by sight payment, deferred payment, etc.

0380 PCD, Percentage details

A segment specifying in those cases that the documentary credit should be available by mixed payment (e.g. sight payment and deferred payment) the part of the documentary credit amount in percentage which is payable by sight payment, deferred payment, etc.

0390 FTX, Free text

A segment specifying how the maturity date is to be determined or indicate at which usance time draft(s) must be drawn in uncoded form.

0400 Segment Group 9: TOD-LOC

A group of segments indicating the terms of delivery.

0410 TOD, Terms of delivery or transport

A segment identifying the terms of delivery.

0420 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment identifying locations relevant to the terms of delivery specified in the leading TOD segment.

0430 Segment Group 10: TSR-LOC

A group of segments specifying instructions about transhipments and partial shipments under the documentary credit.

0440 TSR, Transport service requirements

A segment specifying whether transhipments and/or partial shipments are allowed or not.

0450 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment identifying a certain city and/or country where transhipment is allowed or not allowed.

0460 Segment Group 11: INP-FTX-DTM

A group of segments specifying special instructions and related information from the Applicant to parties identified in Segment Group 1 and/or Segment Group 2.

0470 INP, Parties and instruction

A segment identifying the party which is to carry out the instruction and the party to be contacted followed by the instruction in coded form.

0480 FTX, Free text

A segment specifying instructions in uncoded form.

0490 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment specifying the earliest and latest dates and/or times by which the specified instructions must be carried out. It will be repeated when more than one date or time is to be provided.

0500 Segment Group 12: GEI-MOA-LOC-NAD-RCS-FTX

A group of segments providing special information not covered by other segments, for use by central and regulatory authorities requiring statistical and other types of data. It includes identification of the authority for which the information is intended followed by free text information.

0510 + GEI, Processing information

A segment identifying what processing should be completed by regulatory authorities.

0520 MOA, Monetary amount

A segment giving the amount and the currency of each transaction to be reported.

0530 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment giving different origins/destinations (places) of goods/investment/services.

0540 NAD, Name and address

A segment identifying a party related to the informative text.

0550 RCS, Requirements and conditions

A segment giving the nature (e.g. goods, transport services) and direction of each transaction to be reported in coded form.

0560 FTX, Free text

A segment specifying supplementary information for the central/regulatory authority in uncoded form.

0570 Segment Group 13: RFF-DTM-FTX

A group of segments giving references and where necessary, their dates, relating to the description of goods or services (e.g. purchase order, delivery contract) followed by the description of goods or services in uncoded form.

0580 RFF, Reference

A segment specifying the reference number of a purchase order, delivery contract, etc.

0590 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment specifying the date related to the reference number specified in the leading RFF segment.

0600 FTX, Free text

A segment specifying the description of goods or services in free text form.

0610 Segment Group 14: DOC-MOA-PCD-LOC-FTX-SG15-SG16

A group of segments specifying the documents required under the documentary credit and the requirements for each document. It may also identify party(ies) related to these requirements.

0620 DOC, Document/message details

A segment specifying the documents required under the documentary credit. It may also specify, where necessary, the number of copies and originals of document required.

0630 MOA, Monetary amount

A segment specifying, when necessary, the value of insurance for an insurance certificate or an insurance policy in monetary amount and/or the amount of a debit or credit note.

0640 PCD, Percentage details

A segment specifying, when necessary, the value of insurance for an insurance certificate or an insurance policy in percentage and/or the percentage of a debit or credit note.

0650 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment identifying the city and/or country where claims under an insurance certificate or an insurance policy are payable.

0660 FTX, Free text

A segment specifying the insured risks and/or documentary requirements in uncoded form.

0670 Segment Group 15: ICD-DTM-FTX

A segment group specifying the insurance covers required for an insurance certificate/insurance policy specified in the DOC segment of segment group 14.

0680 ICD, Insurance cover description

A segment specifying the insurance covers required for an insurance certificate/insurance policy in coded form.

0690 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment specifying the version of standard cover clause specified in the ICD segment.

0700 FTX, Free text

A segment specifying the non-standard cover texts or restrictions or expansions to the standard cover clause.

0710 Segment Group 16: ALI-SG17

A segment group specifying the documentary requirements in coded form for documents specified in the DOC segment of Segment Group 14.

0720 ALI, Additional information

A segment specifying the documentary requirements in coded form and, where necessary, the country of origin.

0730 Segment Group 17: NAD-CTA-COM

A group of segments identifying party(ies) related to the ALI segment in Segment group 16. It may also include contact information about each party, when necessary.

0740 NAD, Name and address

A segment identifying party(ies) related to the ALI segment in Segment group 16, in coded or uncoded form, and their functions.

0750 CTA, Contact information

A segment identifying a person or a department for the party specified in the leading NAD segment to whom communication should be directed.

0760 COM, Communication contact

A segment identifying communication type(s) and number(s) of person(s) or department(s) specified in the associated CTA segment.

0770 Segment Group 18: AUT-DTM

A group of segments specifying details of any authentication (validation) procedures applied to the DOCAPP message.

0780 AUT, Authentication result

A segment specifying details of any authentication (validation) procedures applied to the DOCAPP message.

0790 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment identifying the validation date/time.

0800 UNT, Message trailer

A service segment ending a message, giving the total number of segments in the message (including the UNH & UNT) and the control reference number of the message.


4.2. Segment index (alphabetical sequence by tag)

ALC Allowance or charge
ALI Additional information
AUT Authentication result
BGM Beginning of message
BUS Business function
COM Communication contact
CTA Contact information
DOC Document/message details
DTM Date/time/period
FCA Financial charges allocation
FII Financial institution information
FTX Free text
GEI Processing information
ICD Insurance cover description
INP Parties and instruction
LOC Place/location identification
MOA Monetary amount
NAD Name and address
PAI Payment instructions
PCD Percentage details
PYT Payment terms
RCS Requirements and conditions
RFF Reference
TOD Terms of delivery or transport
TSR Transport service requirements
UNH Message header
UNT Message trailer

4.3. Message structure


4.3.1. Segment table

├─UNH Message header ×1 (M)
├─BGM Beginning of message ×1 (M)
├─INP Parties and instruction ×5 (M)
├─FCA Financial charges allocation ×3 (M)
├─BUS Business function ×1 (C)
├─RFF Reference ×1 (C)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×2 (C)
├─FTX Free text ×10 (C)
├─Segment Group 1 ×5 (M)
├─FII Financial institution information ×1 (M)
├─RFF Reference ×2 (C)
├─CTA Contact information ×1 (C)
└─COM Communication contact ×5 (C)
├─Segment Group 2 ×9 (M)
├─NAD Name and address ×1 (M)
├─RFF Reference ×1 (C)
├─CTA Contact information ×1 (C)
└─COM Communication contact ×5 (C)
├─Segment Group 3 ×1 (M)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (M)
└─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 4 ×5 (M)
├─MOA Monetary amount ×1 (M)
└─Segment Group 5 ×1 (C)
──├─ALC Allowance or charge ×1 (M)
──└─PCD Percentage details ×2 (C)
├─Segment Group 6 ×3 (C)
├─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (M)
└─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 7 ×1 (M)
├─PAI Payment instructions ×1 (M)
└─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 8 ×5 (M)
├─PYT Payment terms ×1 (M)
├─FII Financial institution information ×1 (C)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (C)
├─MOA Monetary amount ×1 (C)
├─PCD Percentage details ×1 (C)
└─FTX Free text ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 9 ×1 (C)
├─TOD Terms of delivery or transport ×1 (M)
└─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 10 ×1 (C)
├─TSR Transport service requirements ×1 (M)
└─LOC Place/location identification ×5 (C)
├─Segment Group 11 ×5 (C)
├─INP Parties and instruction ×1 (M)
├─FTX Free text ×1 (C)
└─DTM Date/time/period ×2 (C)
├─Segment Group 12 ×10 (C)
├─GEI Processing information ×1 (M)
├─MOA Monetary amount ×1 (C)
├─LOC Place/location identification ×2 (C)
├─NAD Name and address ×1 (C)
├─RCS Requirements and conditions ×1 (C)
└─FTX Free text ×10 (C)
├─Segment Group 13 ×9 (M)
├─RFF Reference ×1 (M)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (C)
└─FTX Free text ×2 (C)
├─Segment Group 14 ×20 (M)
├─DOC Document/message details ×1 (M)
├─MOA Monetary amount ×1 (C)
├─PCD Percentage details ×1 (C)
├─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (C)
├─FTX Free text ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 15 ×20 (C)
├─ICD Insurance cover description ×1 (M)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (C)
└─FTX Free text ×9 (C)
└─Segment Group 16 ×9 (C)
──├─ALI Additional information ×1 (M)
──└─Segment Group 17 ×3 (C)
────├─NAD Name and address ×1 (M)
────├─CTA Contact information ×1 (C)
────└─COM Communication contact ×5 (C)
├─Segment Group 18 ×1 (C)
├─AUT Authentication result ×1 (M)
└─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (C)
└─UNT Message trailer ×1 (M)

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