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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification CUSDEC
CUSDEC 9 Customs declaration message  

TBG4 Customs

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


1.1 Functional definition
This Customs Declaration Message (CUSDEC) permits the transfer of data from a declarant to a customs administration for the purpose of meeting legislative and/or operational requirements in respect of the declaration of goods for import, export or transit. The message may also be used, for example :

- to transmit data from an exporter in one country to an importer in another country;
- to transmit consignment data from one customs administration to another;
- to transmit data from a customs authority to other governments agencies and/or interested administrations.
- to transmit data from a declarant to the appropriate data collection agency on the movement of goods between statistical territories.

1.2 Field of application
The Customs declaration 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
This message incorporates the necessary transport, statistical and customs information. Provision has also been made for the inclusion of appropriate commercial information which may be accepted by customs in lieu of supporting documentation.

The design principles adopted allow for referencing one or more commercial documents pertaining to the same declaration and for the grouping of document lines into a single customs item. A customs item consists of the grouping of those document lines having the same customs characteristics (e.g. tariff number, declared use, etc.). The message correspondingly permits the use of single or multi-packaging concepts and their identification to a customs item.

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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