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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification COSTCO
COSTCO 7 Container stuffing/stripping confirmation message  

TBG3 Transport

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


1.1 Functional definition
Confirmation that specified goods/consignments have been stuffed into or stripped from LCL-containers.
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 stuffing/stripping 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
Business area:
Pre- and on-carriage transport of containers/equipment

Sending functions include:
Container freight station

Receiving functions include:
Shipping agent, Logistic center

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 stuffing/stripping confirmation message:

*   The message contents can be uniquely identified by a combination of the following data elements:
-  Carrier agent, coded (Shipping agent) (NAD)
-  Carrier, coded (Shipping line) (TDT)
-  Stuffing/stripping order reference number (RFF)

*   One message may contain several containers.

*   One shipping line and one shipping agent can be specified on message top level.

*   The sea booking reference can be given for each individual LCL-consignment (Less than Full Container Load).

*   For each container details can be specified such as container prefix and number, size and/or type, seals and off- dimensions details.

*   Each LCL-consignment can be identified by means of a booking reference and the original shipper, and may consist of several LCL goods items.

*   For each LCL goods item details can be specified, such as goods description, gross weight, volume, marks and numbers, number and kind of packages, any dangerous goods specifications and Customs and non-Customs documents.

*   Goods item information can be related to the corresponding containers by linking the goods item group (GID) to the container details group(s) (EQD) by means of the SGP segment.

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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