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Bayplan/stowage plan total numbers message

This message is available for formal trial for at least six months from the date of approval by UN/ECE/TRADE/WP.4.

Organisations are invited to trial this message. Comments on the results from the trial should be forwarded to their Rapporteur's Team Secretariat as soon as they are available. Based on the results of the trials, a UNSM may be issued.

The segments, composite data elements, data elements and codes for use in the trial of this message are contained in the Draft directory. However, this information may differ from that in the Standard directory (UNTDID), even for material having the same identifying tags.

Message Type:BAPLTE
Contr. Agency:UN
SOURCE:Western European EDIFACT Board, MD2

Bayplan/stowage plan total numbers message
  2. SCOPE
    1. Functional definition
    2. Field of application
    3. Principles
    1. Data segment clarification
    2. Data segment index (alphabetical sequence)
    3. Message structure
      1. Segment table

For general information on UN standard message types see UN Trade Data Interchange Directory, UNTDID, Part 4, Section 2.6, 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


This specification provides the definition of the Bayplan/stowage plan total numbers message (BAPLTE) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1.1. Functional Definition

A message to transmit information about the total numbers of equipment and quantity of goods on a means of transport. The message can be exchanged between (liner's) agents, tonnage centers, stevedores and ships masters/operators (see section 1.3 for more details).

1.2. Field of Application

This message may be applied for both national and international trade. It is based on universal practice and is not dependent on the type of business or industry.

1.3. Principles

In the shipping industry the BAPLTE message can be used between partners as indicated below:

ships/liner ============== 1 ============== ships/liner agents =======2===== =====13====== agents | | | | | 3 | | | | | | | | | | I tonnage ==5 ====== | | ======11= tonnage I centre =========|==|=====|===|==6===== centre | | | | | | | | 7 | | | | | 4 | | | | | | | | =============|==|==8==|===|============= | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | stevedore============|==|==9==|===|======== stevedore

| | | | | | | | | | | | ====10=== ships master/operator ===12===


1) Agent (PD) to agent (NC) 2) Agent (PD) to ships master/operator (PD) 3) Agent (PD) to tonnage centre (PD) 4) Agent (PD) to stevedore (PD) 5) Tonnage centre (PD) to ships master/operator (PD) 6) Tonnage centre (PD) to tonnage centre (NC) 7) Tonnage centre (PD) to stevedore (PD) 8) Stevedore (PD) to tonnage centre 9) Stevedore (PD) to stevedore (NC) 10) Stevedore (PD) to ships master/operator (PD) 11) Ships master/operator to tonnage centre (NC) 12) Ships master/operator to stevedore (NC) 13) Ships master/operator to agent (NC)

The above gives only one set of communication channels per organisation but in practice there will be a combination of one or more channels per organisation from or to port of departure/next port of call.

  • The message will contain only one vessel/voyage combination, giving details regarding carrier, mode of transport, means of transport and total numbers of equipment or packages by location (i.e., port) and/or by type or equipment or packages.
  • The bayplan message BAPLIE must be used to transmit detailed information about equipment, location on the means of transport, goods descriptions and properties of equipment and/or goods.


See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.6 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 1.


See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.6 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2.


4.1. Data Segment Clarification

This section should be read in conjunction with the Branching Diagram and the Segment Table which indicate mandatory, conditional and repeating requirements.

0010 | UNH, Message header

A service segment starting and uniquely identifying a message. The message type code for the Bayplan/stowage plan total numbers message is BAPLTE.

Note: Bayplan/stowage plan total numbers messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UNH, composite S009:

Data element0065BAPLTE

0020 BGM, Beginning of message

A segment to indicate the beginning of the message and to transmit function, type and number of the message.

0030 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to indicate date and time of the preparation of the message.

0040 RFF, Reference

A segment to indicate a message reference number.

0050 NAD, Name and address

A segment to identify the liner service operating or responsible for a particular vessel/voyage.

0060 Segment Group 1: TDT-LOC-DTM-RFF-FTX

A group of segments identifying the means of transport and related details.

0070 TDT, Details of transport

A segment to identify a means of transport and discharge voyage number.

0080 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment to identify the locations to which the following information applies.

0090 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to indicate date and time of events in local time, else the time zone specifier is to be used.

0100 RFF, Reference

A segment to identify the loading voyage number.

0110 FTX, Free text

A segment to transmit general information about vessel/voyage.

0120 Segment Group 2: LOC-GID-SG3

A group of segments containing information about the total numbers of equipment and/or goods by location.

0130 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment to identify locations (ports) relevant to the equipment or goods carried.

0140 GID, Goods item details

A segment to identify the number of packages of the goods.

0150 Segment Group 3: EQD-EQN

A group of segments containing information about the type of equipment and the number of units.

0160 EQD, Equipment details

A segment to identify the type of equipment to which the following totals apply. Only transport equipment size/type coded or plain language is used here further to identify the type of equipment.

0170 EQN, Number of units

A segment to specify the number of equipment units.

0180 UNT, Message trailer

A service segment ending a message, giving the total number of segments in the message and the control reference number of the message.

4.2. Data segment index (Alphabetical sequence by tag)

BGM Beginning of message
DTM Date/time/period
EQD Equipment details
EQN Number of units
FTX Free text
GID Goods item details
LOC Place/location identification
NAD Name and address
RFF Reference
TDT Details of transport
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)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (M)
├─RFF Reference ×1 (C)
├─NAD Name and address ×3 (C)
├─Segment Group 1 ×3 (M)
├─TDT Details of transport ×1 (M)
├─LOC Place/location identification ×2 (M)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×99 (M)
├─RFF Reference ×1 (C)
└─FTX Free text ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 2 ×999 (C)
├─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (M)
├─GID Goods item details ×1 (C)
└─Segment Group 3 ×9999 (C)
──├─EQD Equipment details ×1 (M)
──└─EQN Number of units ×1 (C)
└─UNT Message trailer ×1 (M)

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