Recommendation No. 23

Freight Cost Code - FCC

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

Year of adopting/publication: 1990 (first version), last approved revision 2011
Document reference: ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2011/6

Link to the document on the internet: Recommendation No. 23

Purpose: To provide a naming system to be used for the establishment of harmonized descriptions of freight costs and other charges related to the international movement of goods. Further, it specifies a code for the assignment of unambiguous coded representations of those descriptions.

Summary: Documents such as Rail or Road Consignment Notes, Sea Waybills, Air Waybills, Invoices, etc. usually include a variety of freight costs and other charges incurred in the course of a transport operation. The terminology used to describe those freight costs and other charges vary from one mode of transport or handling site to another. Especially for automated procedures based on trade data interchange it is imperative to harmonize the concepts and the terminology with respect to freight costs and handling charges. This is particularly relevant in connection with the development of standard message specifications for electronic data exchange.
This recommendation applies in all cases where descriptions of freight costs and other charges have to be stated in plain language or in coded form in trade data interchange, be it in paper documents or by electronic means.

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