Implementation Instrument

1. Title

UN Recommendation for Transport Code: Recommendation 21: Codes for Types of Cargo, Packages and Packaging Materials

4. Details of the entity that has ownership on this instrument
a. Name
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe UN/CEFACT
b. Email

Recommendation 21 establishes a numeric code system to represent types of cargo, packages and packaging materials in trade, transport and other economic activities related to international trade. The Recommendation also establishes complementary alphabetic codes for names of packages. The code system and the codes provided for in this Recommendation are intended for use in data interchange between participants in international trade, by automatic interchange methods, and also in other applications. The codes are also intended for use in manual systems, e.g. to complement or substitute plain language descriptions in forms used in international trade. Where appropriate and desirable, the codes can be used in the context of other economic activities. Its annex 5, Coded Representations of Package Type Names Used in International Trade, is regularly updated and published.  

6. Relevant documents
7. Geographical application scope of this instrument
8. This instrument is related to:
Recommendation for use of codes in international trade data exchange
9. Standard nature of this implementation instrument
UN Recommendation