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

TBG3 Transport

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


1.1 Functional definition
Order that specified goods/consignments are to be stuffed into (already or still to be delivered) 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 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:
Pre- and on-carriage transport of containers/equipment

Sending functions include:
Shipping agent, Logistic center

Receiving functions include:
Container freight station

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 order message:

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

*   One shipping line, one seagoing vessel, one sea voyage number and one shipping agent can be specified on message top level.

*   An indicator for the transport status (i.e., export, import, transhipment or continental) can be completed on container level (EQD-segment).

*   One message may contain several containers identified by their prefix and number or several equipment guidelines for groups of (empty) containers.

*   If the container prefix and number is unknown, a supplementary container reference number (e.g. Container sequence number) can be used to identify a container group in the message to be able to refer to this information of the container(s) in e.g. the Container stuffing/stripping report message (COSTCO).

*   Guidelines 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.

*   Inland transport details can be specified for each individual container or can be specified on message top level (for all containers in the message); the two options must not be used simultaneously.

*   An inland transport charges reference or a sea booking reference can be specified either on message top level (related to all containers in the message) or for each individual container; the two options must not be used simultaneously.

*   For each container details can be specified such as container prefix and number, size and/or type, loading instructions, special instructions, and non-standard dimensions.

*   In case of export the port of discharge and a port of transhipment can be specified for each individual container.

*   An LCL (Less than Full Container Load) goods item may be detailed, such as number and type of packages, goods description, gross weight, dangerous goods information and special instructions.

*   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 ultimate date/time of stuffing/stripping can be given for each individual LCL-container.

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

* The address to which the empty container(s) are to be returned after stripping can be included, together with corresponding reference number(s) on message level.

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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