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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification IFTSTA
* IFTSTA 13 International multimodal status report message  

TBG3 Transport

This specification provides the definition of the International multimodal status report message (IFTSTA) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1.1 Functional definition
A message to report the transport status and/or a change in the transport status (i.e. event) between agreed parties.

1.2 Field of application
The International multimodal status report 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 allows for the exchange of information regarding the status of the physical movement of consignments, goods or equipment at any point (in time or place) within the full transport chain.

A status message may be sent:
- as the result of request/s for consignment/s or equipment status/es
- on a scheduled basis at predetermined times
- on the occurrence of a selected event/s
- on the occurrence of an exceptional event as agreed by the partners involved.

This message can relate to a status (or statuses) that has or have been reached in a transport chain.

Data requirements for tracking equipment where equipment is not associated with a consignment (such as repair container) are NOT addressed in this message.

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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