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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification IFTFCC
IFTFCC 3 International transport freight costs and other charges message  

TBG3 Transport

This specification provides the definition of the International transport freight costs and other charges message (IFTFCC) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1.1 Functional definition
A message specifying freight, handling and transport costs and other related charges between transport service providers and their customers.

1.2 Field of application
The International transport freight costs and other charges 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
The message will enable the parties involved in transport operations to indicate the various charges and costs. The structure of this information will enable parties to relate the charges and freight costs information received to the original instruction given by other transport messages (e.g. IFTMCS) to allow a one-by-one verification of the statement of charges.

- The message is based on the applicable version of the UN/ECE Recommendation No. 23: Freight Cost Code - FCC, Harmonization of the description of freight costs and other charges.

- Freight costs and or other charges may be related to: a single consignment, a number of consignments and or a number of equipment (periodical or consolidated charging), goods items and or a voyage conveyance flight of a means of transport.

- Negative totals can be specified when credit notes and refunds form part of the charge handling.

- Four main segment groups on message level follow after the PYT segment group, respectively:
1) TDT segment group (segment group 17): transport details
2) GID segment group (segment group 19): goods item details
3) EQD segment group (segment group 24): equipment details
4) CNI segment group (segment group 28): consignment details Each segment group may specify details to which the given charges relate.

- Full details for a charge are specified in the TCC segment group on message top level. Single TCC segments occur on the lower levels of the message. These single TCC segments can be used, wherever appropriate, as pointers to full charge details which are given in the TCC segment group on message top level.
When the TCC segment is used as a pointer then only the data element 'Freight and charges item number' (in composite C200) is to be used.

- The annex includes a number of stylized examples, showing the basic outlines of how the message can be applied.

- A consignment may contain several goods items.

- Goods items may or may not be containerized.

- A goods item may be transported in one or more containers, and a single container may contain one or more goods items.

- Pre-carriage (advanced haulage) and or on-carriage (destination haulage) of goods items or equipment within one booking or instruction may take place in different steps, when each step is specified with its own transport details group.

- Equipment may have other types of equipment attached to it.

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.

3.2 Message terms and definitions
A number of generic transport terms are used in this specification, to be described as:

* Mode of transport: the method of transport used for the conveyance of goods or persons.

* Means of transport: the vehicle used for the transport of goods or persons.

* Type of means of transport: the type of vehicle used in the transport process.

* Equipment: material resources necessary to facilitate the transport and handling of cargo. Transport equipment does under the given circumstances not have the ability to move by its own propulsion.

* Type of equipment: the type of equipment used.


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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