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



 UN/EDIFACT

Message Type : IFTMBP Version : D Release : 18A Contr. Agency: UN Revision : 10 Date : 2018-05-04 SOURCE: TBG3 Transport CONTENTS Provisional booking 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 Provisional booking message (IFTMBP) 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 Provisional Booking 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 based messages such as the other two booking messages (IFTMBF and IFTMBC), the instruction messages (IFTMIN and 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 the 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 from a party requesting space and/or giving brief details of a planned consignment for forwarding and/or transport services to the party providing those services. In this message, the conditions under which the planned transport should take place can be given. 1.2 Field of application The Provisional booking 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 A provisional booking should always be answered by a confirmation in any form by the service provider. Under normal circumstances a Provisional Booking Message is a first contact message between a shipper and a carrier, either followed by a Firm Booking Message and/or an Instruction Message. - 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. - A party to the movement of the consignment may book or issue instructions of transport to be arranged for several goods items by means of one or several of the following messages: IFTMBP, IFTMBF, IFTMBC, IFTMIN, IFTMCS, IFTMAN. - 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 devices, which have the ability of powered movement on their own, are specified in the transport details group. Other load or transport devices are specified as equipment. - The expression of packaging for goods items can be expressed at up to three levels. 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. 3.2 Message terms and definitions A number of generic transport terms are used in this specification, to be described as: * MODE OF TRANSPORT: The method of transport used for the conveyance of goods or persons, e.g. by rail, by road, by sea. * MEANS OF TRANSPORT: The vehicle used for the transport of goods or persons, e.g. aircraft, truck, vessel. * TYPE OF MEANS OF TRANSPORT: The type of vehicle used in the transport process, e.g. wide body, tank truck, passenger vessel. * EQUIPMENT: Material resources necessary to facilitate the transport and handling of cargo. Transport equipment does under the given circumstances not have the ability to move by its own propulsion (e.g. sea container, trailer, unit load device, pallet). * TYPE OF EQUIPMENT: The type of material used, e.g. 40 feet container, four way pallet, mafi trailer. 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 Provisional booking message is IFTMBP. Note: Provisional booking messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UNH, composite S009: Data element 0065 IFTMBP 0052 D 0054 18A 0051 UN 00020 BGM, Beginning of message A segment to indicate the beginning of a message and to transmit identifying number and type of the message. 00030 CTA, Contact information A segment to identify a person or department to whom communication should be directed. 00040 COM, Communication contact A segment to identify a communication number of a person or department to whom communication should be directed. 00050 DTM, Date/time/period A segment to indicate a date and time applying to the whole message, e.g., date and time of document issue. 00060 TSR, Transport service requirements A segment to identify the contract, conditions of carriage, services, and priority requirements for the transport. 00070 FTX, Free text A segment to specify free form or processable supplementary information, such as status of transport, remarks to be printed on the transport documents (where required), consignment remarks, insurance instructions, etc., or any other additional information. 00080 CNT, Control total A segment to specify totals for a consignment. 00090 GDS, Nature of cargo A segment to describe the nature of cargo. 00100 Segment group 1: LOC-DTM A group of segments to specify locations and related date(s)/time(s) which apply to the entire message, e.g. place of transhipment. 00110 LOC, Place/location identification A segment to identify a location applying to the entire message. 00120 DTM, Date/time/period A segment to indicate date(s) and time(s) relating to the location. 00130 Segment group 2: RFF-DTM A group of segments containing a reference and constants which apply to the entire message. 00140 RFF, Reference A segment to express a reference which applies to the entire message such as: the document/message number that is to be updated by this very message (according to data element 1225 Message function code in segment BGM), booking reference, order number, insurance contract, etc. 00150 DTM, Date/time/period A segment to indicate date and time relating to the reference. 00160 Segment group 3: GOR-FTX-SG4 A group of segments to identify customs and other governmental procedures and required documents. 00170 GOR, Governmental requirements A segment to indicate applicable governmental procedures related to import, export and transport of the goods. 00180 FTX, Free text A segment to provide additional governmental requirements information. 00190 Segment group 4: DOC-DTM A group of segments to specify required documents by government. 00200 DOC, Document/message details A segment to indicate a document required by government. 00210 DTM, Date/time/period A segment to specify the date/time related to the required document. 00220 Segment group 5: TDT-DTM-SG6-SG7-SG8 A group of segments to indicate details of the movement of goods such as mode and means of transport, locations, departure, and arrival date(s) and time(s). 00230 TDT, Transport information A segment to indicate information related to a certain stage of the transport, such as mode, means and carrier. 00240 DTM, Date/time/period A segment to indicate date(s) and time(s) related to the