Packaging — Codification of contents for inventories for shipments of household goods and personal effects — Part 2: XML messaging structure for electronic transmission of inventory data

ISO/TS 17451-2:2017 specifies a common XML structure for the transmission of inventory information for shipments of household goods and personal effects between moving companies and their external partners. The Inventory XSD defined in Clause 5 specifies the XML structure to be used. Each XML document corresponds to one shipment carried by land, sea or air.

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Packaging — Codification of contents
for inventories for shipments of
household goods and personal
effects —
Part 2:
XML messaging structure for electronic
transmission of inventory data
Emballages — Codification du contenu pour inventaires pour les
expéditions des biens d’équipement ménager et d’effets personnels —
Partie 2: Structure de messagerie XML pour la transmission
électronique de données d’inventaire
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ISO/TS 17451-2:2017(E)
ISO 2017

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Contents  Page
Foreword .iv
Introduction .v
1  Scope . 1
2  Normative references . 1
3  Terms and definitions . 1
4  Application . 2
4.1 General information . 2
4.2 Occurrence . 3
4.3 Using codes from ISO 17451-1:2016, Annexes A, B, and E . 3
5  Inventory XSD . 4
6  XSD complex types . 6
6.1 Header . 6
6.2 Contact . 8
6.2.1 General. 8
6.2.2 Contact numbers . 9
6.3 Address .10
6.4 Agent .11
6.5 Container .12
6.6 Skid .13
6.7 Piece .15
6.8 PackedItem .18
6.9 Room .19
6.10 Packer .20
6.11 Exception.20
6.12 Appliance .22
6.13 FineArt .23
6.14 Photo .24
6.15 Signature .24
Bibliography .26
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This document provides a standard format, which enables household goods movers and forwarders,
to exchange shipment related information with each other and with other industry stakeholders in
language, software and hardware agnostic format – XML.
When used with ISO 17451-1, which provides the international moving industry with a common
codified language, this document will enable users to communicate this information regardless of
their language of choice and, as a result, promote transparency and visibility for these shipments. A
secondary motivation for the development of this document is to encourage standardization and, in
turn, efficiency within the industry.
The layout of the proposed electronic shipment XML is governed by an XML schema document,
Inventory XSD.
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Packaging — Codification of contents for inventories for
shipments of household goods and personal effects —
Part 2:
XML messaging structure for electronic transmission of
inventory data
1  Scope
This document specifies a common XML structure for the transmission of inventory information for
shipments of household goods and personal effects between moving companies and their external
partners. The Inventory XSD defined in Clause 5 specifies the XML structure to be used.
Each XML document corresponds to one shipment carried by land, sea or air.
2  Normative references
The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content
constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For
undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.
ISO 17451-1:2016, Packaging — Codification of contents for inventories for shipments of household goods
and personal effects — Part 1: Numeric codification of inventories
3  Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.
ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:
— IEC Electropedia: available at http:// www .electropedia .org/
— ISO Online browsing platform: available at http:// www .iso .org/ obp
extensible markup language
markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-
readable and machine-readable
complete list of items in a particular shipment (3.4)
term used to express the number of possible instances of a data element and allows an element to be
specified as mandatory, optional, or can appear up to a set number of times
Note 1 to entry: More information on occurrence is specified in 4.2.
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HHG items transported and/or stored under the terms of a single bill of lading, waybill, or contract of
carriage irrespective of the quantity or number of containers, packages, or pieces
person/transferee who is the owner of the shipment (3.4) or authorized agent of the owner
xml schema definition
world wide web consortium (W3C) recommendation that specifies how to formally describe the
elements in an extensible markup language (XML) (3.1) document
4  Application
4.1  General information
The XML messaging structure for electronic transmission of inventory data is intended to be adopted
by software applications together with the numeric codes established in ISO 17451-1 for the benefit of
the international moving industry. The software application will utilize the numeric codes to classify
the inventory and use the XML to transmit the data to an external system. Storing and transmitting the
numeric codes in the application will also allow the translation of data into different languages.
Once implemented, users will be able to create standardized electronic inventories that can be
exchanged between different software systems, applications, companies and external stakeholders
involved in the international transport chain for a shipment of household goods and personal effects.
Users shall utilize the XML schema prescribed in this document to collect information related to the
shipment of household goods and personal effects and transmit it in a standardized format.
ISO 17451-1 provides the codification of items and their condition, the transportation modes and
associated data relating to a shipment of household goods and personal effects. The relevant codes can
be found in the following annexes and information regarding their use can be found in ISO 17451-1:2016,
Clause 4:
a) Annex A: Household goods (HHG) items and HHG generic items;
b) Annex B: Packaging types;
c) Annex C: Methods of preparation of HHG;
d) Annex D: Transport modes;
e) Annex E: Locations of packing and/or delivery of the HHG items;
f) Annex F: Exceptions or damage to HHG items;
g) Annex G: Locations of exceptions or damage to HHG items.
The code lists have been set up in the following languages:
— English;
— German;
— Spanish;
— French.
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The order in which the numeric codes have been organized in ISO 17451-1 does not dictate the structure
for how they can be organized in a user’s software program or application. For instance, it makes more
sense to indicate the location of loading (e.g. living room) before specifying the household goods item
(e.g. table – coffee) when using a software application.
The numeric codes for the HHG items (ISO 17451-1:2016, Annex A), HHG packaging types
(ISO 17451-1:2016, Annex B), and HHG location (ISO 17451-1:2016, Annex E) have been structured
hierarchically in three levels to provide maximum flexibility for users. Each specific description
is accompanied by its own unique code so users can integrate the most basic level descriptions (e.g.
Indoor Furniture), as well as the most specific level description like “Bed – Bunk” for their customer’s
benefit. It would be practical, for instance, to show a list of all the HHG items typically found in a dining
room (e.g. Chair – Dining, Table – Dining, Buffet, Cabinet – China) once the user had first identified the
location of loading as the Dining Room.
Structuring the codes in ISO 17451-1:2016, Annexes A, B, and E in a three-level arrangement also allows
the use of generic terms by defaulting to “not further specified”. For example, after indicating the
location of loading as “Bedroom”, the user should be able to identify the HHG items in that location as
“Bed”, “Bed – Bunk”, “Bed – Child”, etc. In this example, “Bed” is the more generic version and it is not
necessary to input more information. In this case, the next level of information is not mandatory and
the description will default to “not further specified”.
Whenever the option “other” is chosen, additional information is requested and is mandatory. This
additional information cannot be translated because there is no accompanying code and the user shall
input the description in a format specified by the software application.
When setting up user-specific software applications, the vendor can use the codes which are relevant
for the environment. For a European moving company, it might not be appropriate to include a “Tatami
room” on its location list. On the other hand, it is definitely important for a moving company specializing
in serving Japanese clients. As a result, the software provider will need to cater to specific country,
regional, or customer requirements with respect to the codes specified in ISO 17451-1.
4.2  Occurrence
In this document, there are four types of occurrences, which indicate the possible responses to an
Occurrence value Explanation
0–1 A value may or may not be assigned for this element. Therefore, this element is
1 A value shall be assigned for this element. Therefore, this element is required.
0-unbounded Multiple values may be assigned for this element although there is no require-
ment to assign any value.
1-unbounded Multiple values may be assigned for this element with at least one value assigned.
An element defined with optional occurrence values (0-1 or 0-unbounded) can have sub-elements
which may require mandatory values. Thus, a “DeliveryAddress” has been defined as optional but when
providing the “address” element, the street, city and country information is required.
4.3  Using codes from ISO 17451‑1:2016, Annexes A, B, and E
Leading zeros are to be shown.
The codes in ISO 17451-1:2016, Annexes A, B and E are structured hierarchically. When sending the
codes in the relevant XML elements, they have to be concatenated without any spaces, dots, etc. Thus,
ISO 17451-1:2016, Annex A provides HHG item codes; when sending Computer Desktop, the code shall
be sent as “007003001”.
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5  Inventory XSD
Inventory XSD is the root node of the XSD to represent the information provided in a digital inventory.
The XSD layout is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1 — Inventory element structure
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Table 1 — Inventory element information
Element name Description Mandatory Occurrence
Header Document header. The structure of Yes 1
this element is outlined in 6.1.
OriginReference Shipment reference assigned by Yes 1
the origin agent
BillofLadingNumber Government bill of lading number No 0-1
or any other official reference
DestinationReference Shipment reference number as- No 0-1
signed by the destination agent
Shipper This element describes contact Yes 1
related information pertaining to
the shipper at origin. The structure
of this element is outlined in 6.2.
OriginAddress This element contains the details Yes 1-unbounded
of all the pick-up addresses the
goods have been gathered from at
the origin. The structure of this
element is outlined in 6.3.
DeliveryAddress This element contains the details No 0-unbounded
of all the addresses the goods will
be delivered to at destination. The
structure of this

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