Recommendation No. 15

Simpler Shipping Marks

Author/Source: UNECE through its Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)

Year of adopting/publication: 1979 (first version), last approved revision1999
Document reference: ECE/TRADE/243

Link to the document on the internet: Recommendation No. 15

Purpose: establishing a standard consignment identifier in the form of a simplified and standardized shipping mark, for marking on packages and for reproduction in documents. It also aims at establishing rules for the use of information marks, although these are not part of this Recommendation.

Summary: The Recommendation No. 15 is one of the many recommendations published by UN/CEFACT in the field of trade facilitation. This recommendation establishes a standard simplified shipping mark. Shipping Marks are marks on good's packages that assist in the identification of cargo, in particular in the context of identifying checking cargo against documents. The recommendation was developed as shipping marks have become too long to fit to good's package and marks varied from country to country. Standardized shipping makes will allow quicker checking, increase safety, and reduce costs. The Standard Shipping Mark is made up of a limited number of elements and should be shown both on packages and documents. The Recommendation describes the elements of the Standard Shipping Mark, the set of characters to be used, the way and position of entering the shipping marks, and further simplifies marking for different modes of transport.

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