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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification CALINF
CALINF 4 Vessel call information message  

TBG3 Transport

This specification provides the definition of the Vessel call information message (CALINF) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1.1 Functional definition
Notice from a liner agent to a stevedore providing information concerning the expected arrival of a vessel and the expected cargo operations.

This message is part of a total set of container-related messages. These messages serve to facilitate the intermodal handling of containers by streamlining the information exchange.
The business scenario for the container messages is clarified in a separate document, called: 'Guide to the scenario of EDIFACT container messages'.

1.2 Field of application
The Vessel call information 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
In the context of the 'Guide to the scenario of EDIFACT container messages' (as referred to at the start of section 1) the following guidelines, rules and functionality apply to this Vessel call information message:

*   A message will contain information on only one means of transport/conveyance.

*   Separate messages (Vessel call information message and Vessel departure message) will be used for the means of transport in order to cater for opening and closing of the information exchange related to that means of transport.
Updates for these messages may be sent.

*  The message contents can be uniquely identified by a combination of the following message level data elements for the Container Logistics scenario:
-  Voyage number or indication of sea transport (TDT and/or RFF)
-  Vessel radio call sign (TDT)
-  Shipping line (TDT)

*  Both the expected date and/or time of arrival and the expected date and/or time of departure of the vessel can be given.

*  For planning purposes, information on the expected handling of containers as well as on certain goods item descriptions can be completed.

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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