COPINO EDIFACT Message Definition And Purpose

COPINO EDIFACT is a message┬áby which an inland carrier notifies of the delivery or pick-up of containers. COPINO EDIFACT 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’.

The Container pre-notification message may be used for both national and international applications. COPINO EDIFACT Message is based on universal practice related to administration, commerce and transport, and is not dependent on the type of business or industry.

  • Business area:┬áPre- and on-carriage transport of containers/equipment
  • Sending functions include: Inland carrier
  • Receiving functions include: Container depot, Inland terminal, Container freight station, Container terminal, Carrier’s agent, Forwarder, Shipper, Consignee

The following guidelines, rules and functionality apply to this Container pre- notification message:

  • The message contents can be uniquely identified by a combination of the following message top level data elements:
    • operating inland carrier, coded (TDT)
    • mode of transport (TDT)
    • inland voyage number/indication (TDT)
  • The container announcement reference (being the release order reference or acceptance order reference), in combination with:
    • the Ordering customer, coded,
    • the Agent of the ordering customer can be used to refer to information in the Container announcement message.
  • An extraction of this message can be sent to the Ordering customer (agent) of the Container announcement, e.g. Shipping agent, Logistic center and Freight forwarder, for their information.

COPINO EDIFACT Message will be split up in as many messages as there are different Ordering customers (agent) of the Container announcement message. A message is to be set up for each road conveyance, track (rail) or call (inland waterways) of a means of inland transport. The expected arrival date and time can be given once (on message top level) for the means of transport as a whole.

One message may contain several containers. For each container its size and type can be specified, including prefix and number if known. If the container prefix and number is unknown, a supplementary container reference (Container sequence number) is used to identify a container (group) in the message.

An indicator for the transport status (i.e. export, import, transhipment or continental) is to be completed on container level (EQD-segment). The final place of positioning can be included in case of routing via an inland terminal or several container freight stations (for stacking purposes).

The temperature and dangerous goods information can be specified for each goods item which can be related to the corresponding containers by linking the goods item group (GID) to the container details group(s) (EQD) by means of the SGP segment.

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