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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification IFTDGN
IFTDGN 5 Dangerous goods notification message  

TBG3 Transport

This specification provides the definition of the Dangerous goods notification message (IFTDGN) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1.1 Functional definition
The International Forwarding and Transport Dangerous Goods Notification message is a message from the party responsible to declare the dangerous goods (e.g. carrier's agent, freight forwarder) to the party acting on behalf of the local authority performing the checks on conformance with the legal requirements on the control of dangerous goods, normally Port Authority, conveying the information relating to one conveyance/voyage of a means of transport such as a vessel, train, truck or barge, on the dangerous goods being loaded, unloaded, and/or in transit.

1.2 Field of application
The Dangerous goods notification 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 is meant to comply with the legal requirements of authorities concerning the notification/declaration of dangerous goods.

1- One message relates to one conveyance/voyage of a means of transport.
Remark: the message structure is aligned with the IFCSUM message (Forwarding and consolidation summary message).

2- One message is to be suitable to declare both the dangerous goods to be discharged and loaded and the dangerous goods that remain on board (in transit). Only one handling operation per IFTDGN message can be reported, or a handling operation can be specified per consignment in IFTDGN.

3- One message may relate to all dangerous goods information that the sender of the message is responsible for or to a certain part of that information; the information may be split in different messages, e.g. as it known at different times or the discharging information is sent separately from loading information or the information is split up in different messages for the different dangerous goods classes.

4- One message is to be based on the local legal information requirements regarding the notification of dangerous goods to the (port) authority.
N.B. This may mean that in a certain port the condition for a data element (or qualifier) that is conditional according to this specification, is that the data element (or qualifier) becomes mandatory for that port.

5- A dangerous goods notification message may contain several consignments.

6- A consignment may contain several goods items/dangerous goods classes.

7- Each goods item can only contain one dangerous goods class.
A goods item reflects the operational description of the goods.

8- A dangerous goods class may be transported in one or more equipment, and a single equipment may contain one or more dangerous goods classes.

9- The message has to cater for the provision of sending updates (change, deletion or cancellation).

Remark: To cover all dangerous goods information relating to one conveyance/voyage of a means of transport might imply accumulation of several Dangerous Goods Notification messages from the same or several agents/forwarders.

The Dangerous Goods Acknowledgement message is a message from the party acting on behalf of the local authority to the party responsible to declare the dangerous goods.

Agent                                                Port
      -------  Dangerous Goods Notification    ------>
      <------  Dangerous Goods Acknowledgement -------

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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