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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification COHAOR
COHAOR 8 Container special handling order message  

TBG3 Transport

This specification provides the definition of the Container special handling order message (COHAOR) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.


1.1 Functional definition
Order to perform a specified special handling and/or service on containers.

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 Container special handling order 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
Business area:
Pre- and on-carriage transport of containers/equipment

Sending functions include:
Shipping agent, Logistic center, Freight forwarder

Receiving functions include:
Container terminal, Container depot, Inland terminal, Container freight station

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 Container special handling order message:

*   The message contents can be uniquely identified by a combination of the following data elements:
- message sender (NAD)
- ordering customer (NAD)
- work order reference (RFF)

*   A combination of the following data elements can be used in order to relate to business data contained in other container- related messages: container prefix and number (EQD)

*   In one message special handling orders for several containers can be specified.

*   The ultimate execution date and time of the special handling order can be included.

*   For each container the sea-going vessel, sea voyage number can be given.

*   The special handling orders are to be coded, completed with comments, if any.

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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