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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification MSCONS
 
 
MSCONS 2 Metered services consumption report message  
  Date:
2003-06-10

Source:
TBG1 Supply Chain

0. INTRODUCTION
This specification provides the definition of the Metered services consumption report message (MSCONS) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.

1. SCOPE

1.1 Functional definition
A metered services consumption report is a communication between trading parties, or their agents, providing consumption and where associated technical, information at a location(s) for a product(s) or service(s) where the supply is recorded using a meter(s).

1.2 Field of application
The Metered services consumption 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
- At least one delivery party (premise) shall be identified per message.

- Each metered services consumption report will define the period of time for which the details contained are valid.

- A metered services consumption report may be used to provide consumption information which may directly relate to other business functions, e.g. invoicing or process control.

- A metered services consumption report may be sent by the buyer or the seller to the other party.

- Metered services consumption report will be provided for premises as defined by trading partners.

- Locations, products and, or services, and meters shall be identified where ever possible within the report using codes to facilitate automatic processing.

- The metered services consumption report may be transmitted at any time and may be related directly to either a delivery(ies) and, or an invoice(s).

- A metered services consumption report when used to support the financial information contained in an invoice may only relate to one invoice.

- A metered services consumption report when used to indicate consumption or qualitative information may relate to one or many delivery parties (premises).

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.

The following guidelines and principles apply to the whole message and are intended to facilitate the understanding and implementation of the message:

- Where a choice of code or text is given only the code element should be used wherever possible.

- Conditional data that is not required in the message should not be included.

- Care must be taken that the segment qualifier in dependent segments do not conflict with the segment qualifier of the trigger segment of a group.

- Free text information within the message should be avoided as this inhibits automatic processing. It is only used when additional information that cannot be accommodated within the other segments is required.
 
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