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UN/EDIFACT
UNITED NATIONS STANDARD MESSAGE (UNSM)

Booking confirmation message

Version:D
Release:99A
Contr. Agency:UN
Revision:6
Date:99-01-14
SOURCE:Western European EDIFACT Board

CONTENTS
Booking confirmation 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. 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, D03A, D03B, D04A, D04B

0. INTRODUCTION

This specification provides the definition of the Booking confirmation message (IFTMBC) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1. SCOPE

This paper provides the definition of the Booking Confirmation Message to be used in fulfilling the requirements of trading partners in the transport chain worldwide, in the interchange of cargo and transport related information using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

This message is a single consignment based message, being aligned with other single consignment based messages such as the other two booking messages (IFTMBP and IFTMBF), the instruction messages (IFTMIN and IFTMCS) and the Arrival Notice Message (IFTMAN). The single consignment based messages can be used by all modes of transport for the forwarding and transport of goods from any origin to any destination, regardless of route or prevailing commercial practice. These messages are suitable for the arrangement of the transport of goods between all parties to the movement of the consignment (including the consignor/shipper and consignee as well as the forwarders, brokers, and carriers involved) as well as providing the information necessary to perform that transport and delivery of the goods. They should be used in the same way by each mode of transport when the requirements are common even if functionally similar information is known by different names.


1.1. Functional Definition

A message from the party providing forwarding and/or transport services to the party booking those services giving the confirmation information to the booking of the consignment concerned. A confirmation might read that the booking of a consignment is accepted, pending, conditionally accepted or rejected.

The conditions under which requested services take place may be given in this message.

This message can also be used between vessel operators, vessel sharing partners and cargo receiving and handling facilities such as marine terminals, inland receiving depots, rail ramps and truck terminals to confirm cargo particulars and equipment requirements of the transport provider to the service provider responsible for dispatching empty equipment and receiving the cargo.


1.2. Field of Application

The Booking confirmation 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

The message can be used whenever a confirmation of the booking of a consignment is deemed necessary as an answer to a booking provisional or booking firm message concerning a certain consignment. It can also be used to confirm cargo particulars and equipment requirements.

The use of a Booking Confirmation Message is not compulsory.

  • A consignment may contain several goods items.
  • Goods items may or may not be containerized.
  • A goods item may be transported in one or more containers, and a single container may contain one or more goods items.
  • One goods item may be related to one or more customs tariff codes.
  • Goods items related to one customs tariff code may be carried in one or more containers.
  • Goods items may reflect either the contractual or operational description of the goods.
  • A party to the movement of the consignment may book or order transport for one or more goods items.
  • A party to the movement of the consignment may book or issue instructions of transport to be arranged for several goods items by means of one or several of the following messages: IFTMBP, IFTMBF, IFTMBC, IFTMIN, IFTMCS, IFTMAN.
  • Pre-carriage (advanced haulage) and/or on-carriage (destination haulage) of goods items or equipment within one booking or instruction may take place in different steps, each step specified with its own transport details group.
  • Equipment may have other types of equipment attached to it, e.g. a temperature control unit attached to a container.
  • Equipment and/or goods items may be attached to or transported on another load or transport device, which as such may be attached to or transported on yet another load or transport device, e.g. a container on a chassis on a rail-car.
  • Transport devices, which have the ability of powered movement on their own, are specified in the transport details group. Other load or transport devices are specified as equipment.
  • The expression of packaging for goods items can be expressed at up to three levels.

A number of generic transport terms are used in this specification, to be described as:

  • MODE OF TRANSPORT: The method of transport used for the conveyance of goods or persons, e.g. by rail, by road, by sea.
  • MEANS OF TRANSPORT: The vehicle used for the transport of goods or persons, e.g. aircraft, truck, vessel.
  • TYPE OF MEANS OF TRANSPORT: The type of vehicle used in the transport process, e.g. wide body, tank truck, passenger vessel.
  • EQUIPMENT: Material resources necessary to facilitate the transport and handling of cargo. Transport equipment does under the given circumstances not have the ability to move by its own propulsion (e.g. sea container, trailer, unit load device, pallet).
  • TYPE OF EQUIPMENT: The type of material used, e.g. 40 feet container, four any pallet, mafi trailer.

2. REFERENCES

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


3. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS


3.1. Standard terms and definitions

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


4. MESSAGE DEFINITION


4.1. Data Segment Clarification

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

0010 UNH, Message header

A service segment starting and uniquely identifying a message. The message type code for the Booking confirmation message is IFTMBC.

Note: Booking confirmation messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UNH, composite S009:

Data element0065IFTMBC
0052D
005499A
0051UN

0020 BGM, Beginning of message

A segment to indicate the beginning of a message and to transmit identifying number and type of the message.

0030 CTA, Contact information

A segment to identify a person or department to whom communication should be directed.

0040 COM, Communication contact

A segment to identify a communication number of a person or department to whom communication should be directed.

0050 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to indicate a date and time applying to the whole message, e.g., date and time of document issue.

0060 TSR, Transport service requirements

A segment to provide confirmation details of the required transport services.

0070 FTX, Free text

A segment to specify free form or processable supplementary information, such as status of transport, remarks to be printed on the transport documents (where required), consignment remarks, insurance instructions, etc., or any other additional information.

0080 CNT, Control total

A segment to specify totals for a consignment.

0090 Segment Group 1: LOC-DTM

A group of segments to specify locations and related date(s)/time(s) which apply to the entire message, e.g. place of transhipment.

0100 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment to identify a location applying to the entire message.

0110 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to indicate date(s) and time(s) relating to the location.

0120 Segment Group 2: RFF-DTM

A group of segments containing a reference and constants which apply to the entire message.

0130 RFF, Reference

A segment to express a reference which applies to the entire message such as: the document/message number that is to be updated by this very message (according to data element 1225 Message Function, Coded in segment BGM), booking reference, order number, insurance contract, etc.

0140 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to indicate date and time relating to the reference.

0150 TCC, Transport charge/rate calculations

A segment to provide information on the charges associated with the transport.

0160 Segment Group 3: TDT-DTM-TSR-SG4-SG5

A group of segments to indicate details of the movement of goods such as mode and means of transport, locations, departure, and arrival date(s) and time(s).

0170 TDT, Details of transport

A segment to indicate information related to a certain stage of the transport, such as mode, means and carrier.

0180 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to indicate departure/arrival date and time.

0190 TSR, Transport service requirements

A segment to identify contract, conditions of carriage, services, priority requirements for this stage of transport.

0200 Segment Group 4: LOC-DTM

A group of segments to specify a location and date/time related to this leg of transport.

0210 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment to indicate a location such as origin, destination, stop off, etc. related to this leg of transport.

0220 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to specify a date/time related to the location, such as arrival date/time of a means of transport at a specific location.

0230 Segment Group 5: RFF-DTM

A group of segments to specify an additional reference related to the stage of the transport.

0240 RFF, Reference

A segment to specify the additional reference.

0250 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to identify date and time relating to the reference.

0260 Segment Group 6: NAD-LOC-SG7-SG8

A group of segments to identify a party, related references, locations contacts, required documents, and charges to be paid by the party.

0270 NAD, Name and address

A segment to identify the party's name, address, and function.

0280 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment to indicate location where a specific function will be performed.

0290 Segment Group 7: CTA-COM

A group of segments to identify a contact and its communications related to the party.

0300 CTA, Contact information

A segment to identify a person or department within the party.

0310 COM, Communication contact

A segment to identify a communication number of a person or department to whom communication should be directed.

0320 Segment Group 8: TSR-RFF-LOC-TPL-FTX

A group of segments to specify a transport service requirement and its associated details (such as applicable commercial agreement) related to the party.

0330 TSR, Transport service requirements

A segment to specify a required service for the transport, such as re-icing.

0340 RFF, Reference

A segment to identify a commercial agreement related to the service requirement.

0350 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment to indicate the location where the required service must be performed, such as place of re-icing.

0360 TPL, Transport placement

A segment to identify the means of transport to which the service requirement applies.

0370 FTX, Free text

A segment to provide any additional information related to the service requirement.

0380 Segment Group 9: GID-HAN-TMP-RNG-TMD-LOC-FTX-PCD-SG10-GDS-

SG11-SG12-SG13-SG14-SG15 A group of segments to describe the goods items for which transport is undertaken.

0390 GID, Goods item details

A segment to identify a goods item for which transport is undertaken. A goods item can be identified by up to three levels of packaging.

0400 HAN, Handling instructions

A segment to specify handling instructions relating to the goods item.

0410 TMP, Temperature

A segment to specify a temperature setting for a goods item.

0420 RNG, Range details

A segment to specify a temperature range setting for a goods item.

0430 TMD, Transport movement details

A segment to specify transport movement details for a goods item.

0440 LOC, Place/location identification

A segment to specify a country associated with a goods item, such as country of origin, or country of destination.

0450 FTX, Free text

A segment to specify processable supplementary information relating to the goods item.

0460 PCD, Percentage details

A segment to specify percentages related to cargo shipped in controlled atmosphere equipment such as percentage humidity.

0470 Segment Group 10: NAD-DTM

A group of segments to identify different places of collection and/or delivery for the goods item.

0480 NAD, Name and address

A segment to specify an address of a place of collection or delivery for a goods item.

0490 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to indicate date and time relating to the place of collection or delivery.

0500 GDS, Nature of cargo

A segment to describe the nature of cargo.

0510 Segment Group 11: MEA-EQN

A group of segments to specify measurements applicable to a goods item.

0520 MEA, Measurements

A segment to specify measurements, other than dimensions, applicable to a goods item.

0530 EQN, Number of units

A segment to specify the number of equipment units to each of which the given measurement applies.

0540 Segment Group 12: DIM-EQN

A group of segments to specify dimensions applicable to a goods item.

0550 DIM, Dimensions

A segment to specify dimensions applicable to a goods item.

0560 EQN, Number of units

A segment to specify the number of equipment units to each of which the given dimension applies.

0570 Segment Group 13: RFF-DTM

A group of segments to identify references to a goods item.

0580 RFF, Reference

A segment to identify a reference to a goods item.

0590 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to indicate date and time relating to the reference.

0600 Segment Group 14: DOC-DTM

A group of segments to specify documents and associated date(s) and time(s) for a goods item.

0610 DOC, Document/message details

A segment to specify a document prepared for a goods item.

0620 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to associate date and time with the prepared document.

0630 Segment Group 15: DGS-FTX-SG16-SG17

A group of segments to specify dangerous goods details related to the goods item. One goods item may be in different dangerous goods classes.

0640 DGS, Dangerous goods

A segment to indicate the class of dangerous goods, packing group, etc.

0650 FTX, Free text

A segment to specify the dangerous goods technical name and to specify any additional dangerous goods information.

0660 Segment Group 16: CTA-COM

A group of segments to identify a contact to whom communication regarding the dangerous goods can be directed.

0670 CTA, Contact information

A segment to identify a person or department.

0680 COM, Communication contact

A segment to identify a communication number of a person or department.

0690 Segment Group 17: MEA-EQN

A group of segments to identify dangerous goods measurements.

0700 MEA, Measurements

A segment to specify measurements of the dangerous goods.

0710 EQN, Number of units

A segment to specify the number of equipment units to each of which the given measurement applies.

0720 Segment Group 18: EQD-EQN-TMD-MEA-DIM-HAN-TMP-RNG-FTX-RFF-SG19

A group of segments to specify equipment in which goods are transported.

0730 EQD, Equipment details

A segment to specify equipment, and equipment size and type used in the transport.

0740 EQN, Number of units

A segment to specify number of pieces of equipment required.

0750 TMD, Transport movement details

A segment to specify transport movement details for the equipment.

0760 MEA, Measurements

A segment to specify measurements, other than dimensions, associated with the equipment, such as weight.

0770 DIM, Dimensions

A segment to specify dimensions applicable to equipment.

0780 HAN, Handling instructions

A segment to specify handling instructions for specified equipment.

0790 TMP, Temperature

A segment to specify a temperature setting for the equipment.

0800 RNG, Range details

A segment to indicate a temperature range setting for the equipment.

0810 FTX, Free text

A segment to specify processable supplementary information associated with the equipment.

0820 RFF, Reference

A segment to specify a reference number to equipment.

0830 Segment Group 19: NAD-DTM

A group of segments to identify different equipment pick-up or drop-off places.

0840 NAD, Name and address

A segment to specify a pick-up or drop-off address.

0850 DTM, Date/time/period

A segment to indicate date and time relating to pick-up or drop-off.

0860 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
CNT Control total
COM Communication contact
CTA Contact information
DGS Dangerous goods
DIM Dimensions
DOC Document/message details
DTM Date/time/period
EQD Equipment details
EQN Number of units
FTX Free text
GDS Nature of cargo
GID Goods item details
HAN Handling instructions
LOC Place/location identification
MEA Measurements
NAD Name and address
PCD Percentage details
RFF Reference
RNG Range details
TCC Transport charge/rate calculations
TDT Details of transport
TMD Transport movement details
TMP Temperature
TPL Transport placement
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)
├─CTA Contact information ×1 (C)
├─COM Communication contact ×9 (C)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×9 (C)
├─TSR Transport service requirements ×9 (C)
├─FTX Free text ×99 (C)
├─CNT Control total ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 1 ×99 (C)
├─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (M)
└─DTM Date/time/period ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 2 ×99 (C)
├─RFF Reference ×1 (M)
└─DTM Date/time/period ×9 (C)
├─TCC Transport charge/rate calculations ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 3 ×99 (C)
├─TDT Details of transport ×1 (M)
├─DTM Date/time/period ×9 (C)
├─TSR Transport service requirements ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 4 ×99 (C)
├─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (M)
└─DTM Date/time/period ×9 (C)
└─Segment Group 5 ×9 (C)
──├─RFF Reference ×1 (M)
──└─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 6 ×99 (C)
├─NAD Name and address ×1 (M)
├─LOC Place/location identification ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 7 ×9 (C)
├─CTA Contact information ×1 (M)
└─COM Communication contact ×9 (C)
└─Segment Group 8 ×99 (C)
──├─TSR Transport service requirements ×1 (M)
──├─RFF Reference ×1 (C)
──├─LOC Place/location identification ×1 (C)
──├─TPL Transport placement ×1 (C)
──└─FTX Free text ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 9 ×999 (C)
├─GID Goods item details ×1 (M)
├─HAN Handling instructions ×1 (C)
├─TMP Temperature ×1 (C)
├─RNG Range details ×1 (C)
├─TMD Transport movement details ×1 (C)
├─LOC Place/location identification ×9 (C)
├─FTX Free text ×9 (C)
├─PCD Percentage details ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 10 ×9 (C)
├─NAD Name and address ×1 (M)
└─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (C)
├─GDS Nature of cargo ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 11 ×99 (C)
├─MEA Measurements ×1 (M)
└─EQN Number of units ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 12 ×99 (C)
├─DIM Dimensions ×1 (M)
└─EQN Number of units ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 13 ×9 (C)
├─RFF Reference ×1 (M)
└─DTM Date/time/period ×9 (C)
├─Segment Group 14 ×9 (C)
├─DOC Document/message details ×1 (M)
└─DTM Date/time/period ×9 (C)
└─Segment Group 15 ×9 (C)
──├─DGS Dangerous goods ×1 (M)
──├─FTX Free text ×99 (C)
──├─Segment Group 16 ×9 (C)
──├─CTA Contact information ×1 (M)
──└─COM Communication contact ×9 (C)
──└─Segment Group 17 ×9 (C)
────├─MEA Measurements ×1 (M)
────└─EQN Number of units ×1 (C)
├─Segment Group 18 ×999 (C)
├─EQD Equipment details ×1 (M)
├─EQN Number of units ×1 (C)
├─TMD Transport movement details ×1 (C)
├─MEA Measurements ×9 (C)
├─DIM Dimensions ×9 (C)
├─HAN Handling instructions ×1 (C)
├─TMP Temperature ×1 (C)
├─RNG Range details ×9 (C)
├─FTX Free text ×9 (C)
├─RFF Reference ×9 (C)
└─Segment Group 19 ×9 (C)
──├─NAD Name and address ×1 (M)
──└─DTM Date/time/period ×1 (C)
└─UNT Message trailer ×1 (M)

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