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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification IFTSTQ
 
 
IFTSTQ 4 International multimodal status request message  
  Date:
2003-06-10

Source:
TBG3 Transport

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

1. SCOPE

1.1 Functional definition
A message to request an International multimodal status report message (IFTSTA) in order to provide details relating to transport status and/or a change in the transport status between agreed parties.

1.2 Field of application
The International multimodal status request 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 request 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.

The request for status can be made by either:

a) using the top level segments to request information about one or a number of consignments relating to a point or period of time, location(s), party related reference(s) and party(s), means of transport(s) and equipment(s).

b) using the CNI segment group and making reference to a unique consignment reference number per consignment and indicating, if necessary, the criteria (date(s), location(s), etc.) for which the status is requested.

APPROACHES a) AND b) MUST NOT BE USED TOGETHER WITHIN
ONE IFTSTQ MESSAGE.

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.

2. REFERENCES
See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 1.

3. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

3.1 Standard terms and definitions
See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2.

4. MESSAGE DEFINITION

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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