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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification COPRAR
COPRAR 7 Container discharge/loading order message  

TBG3 Transport

This specification provides the definition of the Container discharge/loading order message (COPRAR) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1.1 Functional definition
A message to order to the container terminal that the containers specified have to be discharged from a seagoing vessel or have to be loaded into a seagoing vessel.

This message is part of a total set of container-related messages. These messages serve to facilitate the intermodal handling of containers by streamlining the information exchange.
The business scenario for the container messages is clarified in a separate document, called: 'Guide to the scenario of EDIFACT container messages'.

1.2 Field of application
The Container discharge/loading order 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
Business area:
Loading and discharging of containers/equipment

Sending functions include:
Ship's agent, Liner agent

Receiving functions include:
Container terminal, Stevedore

In the context of the 'Guide to the scenario of EDIFACT container messages' (as referred to at the start of section 1) the following guidelines, rules and functionality apply to this Container discharge/loading order message:

*   The message contents can be uniquely identified by a combination of the following data elements:
- ordering customer, coded (NAD)
- ordering customer agent, coded (NAD)
- container discharge/loading order reference (RFF)

The ordering customer agent, coded is needed to supplement the unique identification only in the following situation: the agent acts on behalf of several ordering customers issuing the same range of reference numbers for each customer.
E.g., the ship's agent acts on behalf of several shipping lines issuing for each shipping line the same range of numbers.

*   A message contains information on only one visit/conveyance of a seagoing container vessel either arriving or departing.

*   A message contains an order for either discharging or loading containers from or into the seagoing container vessel.
One order message does not necessarily cover all containers to be loaded/discharged.

*   An indicator for the equipment status may be completed on container level (EQD-segment), e.g., import, export, transhipment, shifter.

*   One shipping line can be specified on message level.

*   The sea-going container vessel and sea voyage number can be specified on message level.

*   For each container its cell position on board the container vessel and its port of discharge can be given.

*   For each container dangerous goods information can be specified.

*   If the container prefix and number is not known (in the loading order message), a supplementary container reference number (Container sequence number) is used to identify a container group in the message to be able to refer to this information of the container(s) in the loading report message.

*   In case of a loading order an equipment guideline can be specified in the message in order to load (empty) containers that cannot be identified by their full prefix and serial numbers.
In case of a guideline a combination of size and type and/or a certain range of equipment serial numbers (container prefix and numbers) can be given for a group of one or several containers.

*   Goods item details cannot be completed.

The transport sub-working group (D4) has developed recommendations for a harmonised implementation of this message through its subgroup ITIGG (International Transport Implementation Guidelines Group).
Users implementing the message are strongly advised to apply these recommendations, which may be obtained from the D4 secretariat.

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


3.1 Standard terms and definitions
See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2.


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