United Nations Directories
for Electronic Data Interchange for
Administration, Commerce and Transport


Message Type : IFTMCA Version : D Release : 14A Contr. Agency: UN Revision : 3 Date : 2014-04-30 SOURCE: TBG3 Transport CONTENTS Consignment advice message 0. INTRODUCTION 1. SCOPE 1.1 Functional definition 1.2 Field of application 1.3 Principles 2. REFERENCES 3. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS 3.1 Standard terms and definitions 3.2 Message terms and definitions 4. MESSAGE DEFINITION 4.1 Segment clarification 4.2 Segment index (alphabetical sequence by tag) 4.3 Message structure 4.3.1 Segment table --------------------------------------------------------------------------- For general information on UN standard message types see UN Trade Data Interchange Directory, UNTDID, Part 4, Section 2.3, UN/ECE UNSM General Introduction --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 0. INTRODUCTION This specification provides the definition of the Consignment advice message (IFTMCA) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport. 1. SCOPE This paper provides the definition of the Consignment Advice Message to be used in fulfilling the requirements of trading partners in the transport chain worldwide, in the interchange of cargo and transport related information using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). This message is a single consignment based message, being aligned with other single consignment messages (IFTMBP, IFTMBF and IFTMBC), the Instruction Contract Status Message (IFTMCS) and the Arrival Notice Message (IFTMAN). The single consignment based messages can be used by all modes of transport for the forwarding and transport of goods from any origin to any destination, regardless of route or prevailing commercial practice. These messages are suitable for the arrangement of the transport of goods between all parties to the movement of the consignment (including the consignor/shipper and consignee as well as the forwarders, brokers, and carriers involved) as well as providing the information necessary to perform that transport and delivery of goods. They should be used in the same way by each mode of transport when the requirements are common even if functionally similar information is known by different names. 1.1 Functional definition A message conveying prior notification of a consignment delivery, including non-hazardous and hazardous consignment details, for subsequent shipment and/or consolidation, or conveying a consignment advice for insurance from the party issuing a transport instruction or from the party issuing a transport contract to the insurer and/or the insurance intermediary. The message can also be used to confirm evidence of insurance, issued by the insurer to the shipper, bank or other third party (insurance certificate or policy). 1.2 Field of application The Consignment advice 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 The consignment advice provides pre-notification of consignment delivery at a seaport, airport, railhead and consolidation/deconsolidation centres. The message may be used between consignors, consignor's agents and carriers to Receiving Authority and/or local agent. - A consignment may contain several goods items. - Goods items may or may not be containerized. - A goods item may be transported in one or more containers, and a single container may contain one or more goods items. - One goods item may be related to one or more customs tariff codes. - Goods items related to one customs tariff code may be carried in one or more containers. - Goods items may reflect either the contractual or operational description of the goods. - A party to the movement of the consignment may book or order transport for one or more goods items. - Pre-carriage (advanced haulage) and/or on-carriage (destination haulage) of goods items or equipment within one booking or instruction may take place in different steps, each step specified with its own transport details group. - Equipment may have other types of equipment attached to it, e.g. a temperature control unit attached to a container. - Equipment and/or goods items may be attached to or transported on another load or transport device, which as such may be attached to or transported on yet another load or transport device, e.g. a container on a chassis on a rail-car. - Transport