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



 UN/EDIFACT

Message Type : MEQPOS Version : D Release : 15B Contr. Agency: UN Revision : 3 Date : 2016-01-11 SOURCE: TBG3 Transport CONTENTS Means of transport and equipment position 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 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 Means of transport and equipment position message (MEQPOS) 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 containing the position of a means of transport (e.g. a vessel or truck) and/or equipment related to a means of transport. 1.2 Field of application The Means of transport and equipment position 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 message relates to one means of transport and/or equipment related to a means of transport. * The message contains the last reported position of the means of transport, e.g. at sea. * The message contains information on the conveyance of the means of transport, possibly including the number of people on board. Business area: control of pollution by a means of transport (e.g. maritime pollution) Sending function: truck's driver, vessel's master, authority (e.g. port, police), centralised database of authorities Receiving function: authority (e.g. port), search and rescue organisation 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 Segment clarification This section should be read in conjunction with the segment table which indicates mandatory, conditional and repeating requirements. 00010 UNH, Message header A service segment starting and uniquely identifying a message. The message type code for the Means of transport and equipment position message is MEQPOS. Note: Means of transport and equipment position messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UNH, composite S009: Data element 0065 MEQPOS 0052 D 0054 15B 0051 UN 00020 BGM, Beginning of message A segment to indicate the beginning of a message and to transmit the identifying number. 00030 DTM, Date/time/period A segment to provide the date and time of the message. 00040 QTY, Quantity A segment to indicate a quantity, such as the number of passengers on board the means of transport for a certain conveyance. 00050 LOC, Place/location identification A segment to specify the position of the means of transport, e.g. by giving longitude and latitude coordinates of the vessel at sea. 00060 Segment group 1: RFF-DTM A group of segments to specify a reference applying to the whole message. 00070 RFF, Reference A segment to specify a reference, e.g. reference to previous message. 00080 DTM, Date/time/period A segment to indicate a date and time related to the reference. 00090 Segment group 2: TDT-DTM-SG3 A group of segments to indicate the details of the means of transport, and related locations and arrival dates and times. 00100 TDT, Transport information A segment to identify the means of transport (e.g. by Lloyd's Register number of a vessel, or by the license plate number of a truck). 00110 DTM, Date/time/period A segment to indicate the estimated date and time of arrival and departure. 00120 Segment group 3: LOC-DTM A group of segments to specify locations related to the means of transport. 00130 LOC, Place/location identification A segment to indicate a location relating to the means of transport, such as: - place or port of departure - next place or port of call. 00140 DTM, Date/time/period A segment to specify date(s) and time(s) related to a location. 00150 Segment group 4: NAD-SG5 A group of segments to identify a party and related contacts. 00160 NAD, Name and address A segment to identify a party's name, address and function. 00170 Segment group 5: CTA-COM A group of segments to identify a contact and its communications related to the party. 00180 CTA, Contact information A segment to identify a person or department within the party. 00190 COM, Communication contact A segment to identify a communication number of a person or department to whom communication should be directed. 00200 Segment group 6: EQD-LOC-DTM A group of segments to identify equipment related to the means of transport, and associated locations and dates and times. 00210 EQD, Equipment details A segment to identify equipment, such as railcars. 00220 LOC, Place/location identification A segment to specify the location of the equipment. 00230 DTM, Date/time/period A segment to specify a date and time related to the equipment. 00240 UNT, Message trailer A service segment ending a message, giving the total number of segments in the message (including the UNH & UNT) and