Postal services - Interfaces for cross border parcels

This document will specify the interface between the e-merchant (any commercial customer sending parcels) and the first logistic operator, including both public and private carriers. For the application of this document, a cross border parcel is a parcel crossing a border into and within Europe.
The interface composed on two items:
- the physical label attached on the parcel: contents, sizes, minimum requirements to guarantee the quality and efficiency of the logistic process (sorting, delivery).
- the electronic exchanges between the sender and the logistic operator with the description of the data to be provided, the forma of the exchanges.
While designated operators of UPU have drawn up business requirements using proprietary standards and related data components, online merchants have developed open, not‐for‐profit standards for final delivery which are integrated into their existing supply chain management environment.
The document aims to specify the interface between the e‐merchant (any commercial customer sending parcels) and the first logistic operator composed by incorporating the 3 elements:
- physical label attached to the parcel with information for item identification;
- electronic exchanges between the sender and the logistic operator concerning parcels dispatch;
- data needed for various delivery chain parts, in particular final delivery to the recipient, in order to facilitate exchange between the item‐specific identifiers.
NOTE 1 The last element enables the growth of integrated, data‐driven systems which support highly efficient and customer‐driven cross‐border ecommerce. This reflects the current trend to B‐to‐B‐to‐C delivery solutions in the European and international cross border e‐commerce markets. Delivery from original source to final consumer can be split over more than one service provider.
NOTE 2 C‐to‐B‐to‐B‐to‐C solutions will be an extension, in particular when returns are specified. The “first C” would indicate that consumers wishing to return items, or induct items themselves, will be able to print labels following the fundamentals specified in this standard.
E‐merchant exchange data with logistic operators (i.e. the postal operators, but not limited to those designated to fulfil the rights and obligations of UPU member countries) to help, simplify and enable the consequential logistic and transactional tasks. The establishment of common definitions and electronic formats, safeguards the reliability and decreases the overall costs by avoiding software development costs, multiple printing equipment, over‐labelling during the process, and the manual sorting. reliability and decreases the overall costs by avoiding software development costs, multiple printing equipment, over‐labelling during the process, and the manual sorting.

Postalische Dienstleistungen - Schnittstellen für grenzüberschreitende Pakete

Dieses Dokument legt die Schnittstelle zwischen dem Onlinehändler (jedem gewerblichen Kunden, der Pakete versendet) und dem ersten Logistikunternehmen fest, was sowohl öffentliche als auch private Spediteure einschließt. Für die Anwendung dieses Dokuments ist ein grenzüberschreitendes Paket ein Paket, das eine Grenze nach Europa hinein oder innerhalb von Europa überschreitet.
Die Schnittstelle besteht aus zwei Komponenten:
 das auf dem Paket angebrachte physische Etikett mit Angaben zu Inhalten, Abmessungen und Mindestanforderungen zur Sicherstellung von Qualität und Effizienz des Logistikprozesses (Sortierung, Zustellung);
 der elektronische Austausch zwischen dem Absender und dem Logistikunternehmen mit Nennung der bereitzustellenden Daten sowie dem Format für den Datenaustausch.
Während benannte Postbetreiber innerhalb des WPV geschäftliche Vorgaben auf der Grundlage von proprietären Standards und dazugehörigen Datenelementen erarbeitet haben, haben Onlinehändler offene, nicht gewinnorientierte Standards für die Endzustellung entwickelt und in ihre bestehende Supply-Chain-Umgebung eingebunden.
ANMERKUNG 1 Das Datenelement ermöglicht die Verbreitung von integrierten, datenbasierten Systemen, welche wiederum den Weg ebnen für einen höchst effizienten und kundenorientierten grenzüberschreitenden Onlinehandel. Dies trägt dem derzeitigen Trend hin zu B2B2C-Zustellungen im grenzüberschreitenden europaweiten und globalen Onlinehandel Rechnung. An der Zustellung vom ursprünglichen Absender zum Endempfänger können mehrere Dienstleister beteiligt sein.
ANMERKUNG 2 C2B2B2C-Lösungen stellen eine Erweiterung dar, insbesondere, wenn es um Retouren geht. Das „erste C“ steht dafür, dass Kunden, die eine Sendung zurückschicken oder selbst einliefern wollen, in der Lage sind, Versandetiketten nach den in diesem Standard beschriebenen Grundlagen drucken können.
Onlinehändler tauschen Daten mit Logistikdienstleistern aus (z. B. Postbetreiber, wobei dies nicht auf jene beschränkt ist, die benannt wurden, die Rechte und Pflichten der WPV-Mitgliedsländer zu erfüllen), um so dazu beizutragen, die daraus folgenden Logistik- und Transaktionsaufgaben zu vereinfachen und zu ermöglichen. Die Einführung allgemeingültiger Definitionen und elektronischer Formate sichert die Verlässlichkeit und verringert die Gesamtkosten durch Vermeidung von Ausgaben für Softwareentwicklungen, von mehreren Druckern und Zubehörgeräten, von Überetikettieren während des Prozesses sowie von manuellem Sortieren.

Poštne storitve - Vmesniki za pakete v čezmejnem prometu

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Public Enquiry End Date
24-Oct-2019
Publication Date
02-Mar-2020
Technical Committee
Current Stage
6060 - National Implementation/Publication (Adopted Project)
Start Date
27-Feb-2020
Due Date
03-May-2020
Completion Date
03-Mar-2020

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST-TS CEN/TS 17073:2020
01-april-2020
Nadomešča:
SIST-TS CEN/TS 17073:2017
Poštne storitve - Vmesniki za pakete v čezmejnem prometu
Postal services - Interfaces for cross border parcels
Postalische Dienstleistungen - Schnittstellen für grenzüberschreitende Pakete
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: CEN/TS 17073:2020
ICS:
03.240 Poštne storitve Postal services
35.240.69 Uporabniške rešitve IT pri IT applications in postal
poštnih storitvah services
SIST-TS CEN/TS 17073:2020 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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CEN/TS 17073
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
SPÉCIFICATION TECHNIQUE
February 2020
TECHNISCHE SPEZIFIKATION
ICS 03.240; 35.240.69 Supersedes CEN/TS 17073:2017
English Version
Postal services - Interfaces for cross border parcels
Postalische Dienstleistungen - Schnittstellen für
grenzüberschreitende Pakete

This Technical Specification (CEN/TS) was approved by CEN on 26 November 2019 for provisional application.

The period of validity of this CEN/TS is limited initially to three years. After two years the members of CEN will be requested to

submit their comments, particularly on the question whether the CEN/TS can be converted into a European Standard.

CEN members are required to announce the existence of this CEN/TS in the same way as for an EN and to make the CEN/TS

available promptly at national level in an appropriate form. It is permissible to keep conflicting national standards in force (in

parallel to the CEN/TS) until the final decision about the possible conversion of the CEN/TS into an EN is reached.

CEN members are the national standards bodies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,

Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,

Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and

United Kingdom.
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Contents Page

European foreword ....................................................................................................................................................... 3

Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................... 4

1 Scope .................................................................................................................................................................... 5

2 Normative references .................................................................................................................................... 5

3 Terms and definitions ................................................................................................................................... 6

4 The physical parcel label .............................................................................................................................. 6

4.1 Contents in the label....................................................................................................................................... 6

4.2 Label dimensions ............................................................................................................................................ 8

4.3 General display rules ..................................................................................................................................... 8

4.4 Header zone ................................................................................................................................................... 10

4.5 Sender zone .................................................................................................................................................... 11

4.6 Addressee zone ............................................................................................................................................. 13

4.7 Instruction zone ............................................................................................................................................ 15

4.8 Item-identifier zone – Zone E ................................................................................................................... 16

4.9 Label examples .............................................................................................................................................. 19

4.10 Address printed quality ............................................................................................................................. 22

4.11 Icons .................................................................................................................................................................. 22

4.12 Label materials ............................................................................................................................................. 22

Annex A (informative) Electronic exchange connected to the parcel and the label ......................... 23

Annex B (informative) Description of the data to be transmitted to the logistic operator

(case with S10 identifier) .......................................................................................................................... 24

Annex C (informative) Instruction symbols .................................................................................................... 26

Annex D (informative) Guideline for the Utilization of GS1 Standards in the CEP industry .......... 28

Annex E (informative) IFTMIN - The necessary specification ................................................................... 31

Bibliography ................................................................................................................................................................. 32

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European foreword

This document (CEN/TS 17073:2020) has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 331 “Postal

services”, the secretariat of which is held by NEN.

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. CEN shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

This document supersedes CEN/TS 17073:2017.

In comparison with the previous edition, the most significant technical modifications are new

descriptions of the item identifier barcodes and their location in the item-identifier zone (Zone E).

Updates are also made for the layout, dimensions and content of the parcel label as well as new

requirements added for label materials. Informative Annex A has been removed since requirements for

addresses can be found in EN ISO 19160-4, and informative Annex E Data capture at source (EDI) has

been removed since it was considered out of scope.

According to the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations, the national standards organisations of the

following countries are bound to announce this Technical Specification: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,

Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,

Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of

North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United

Kingdom.
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Introduction

Using new communication and information technologies, postal operators move beyond what is

traditionally regarded their core postal business. They are meeting higher customer expectations,

expanding the range of products and value-added services and use electronic advanced data for

interconnecting global networks.

Standardized processes in operations and communication are the foundation for effective postal

operations. The Technical Committee CEN/TC 331 “Postal Services” maintains and develops a growing

number of standards to improve the exchange of Postal item related information between postal

operators. One of the leading aims is to promote the compatibility of CEN/TC331 standardization efforts

with those of the Universal Postal Union and its international initiatives and standardization undertaken

by the wider postal service stakeholders.

The European Commission has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market (DSM) as one of its

10 political priorities, which was adopted on the 6 May 2015, with 16 initiatives to be delivered by the

end of 2016.

The Digital Single Market Strategy is built on three pillars which the first goal is to improve the access for

consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe, including e-commerce selling

channel. E-commerce has significant potential for contributing to economic growth and employment.

Through this Roadmap, the Commission aimed to ensure quick improvements in parcel delivery.

The Commission's Communication on e-commerce and online services identifies the delivery of goods

purchased online as one of the top five priorities to boost e-commerce and its importance has been

reiterated by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. Delivery is indeed critical

as it has a substantial impact on facilitating e-commerce trade and is a key element for building trust

between sellers and buyers.

Under the framework of the Union Work program for European standardization for 2015, requesting for

a focus on the cross border parcel services to emphasize the development of this market with a specific

focus on the small and medium size e-merchants by easing the use of cross border shipments by

simplifying the initial interface, improving the track and trace event management if different logistics

operators involved in the delivery chain, improving the integration with software solutions commonly

used by e-merchant.

In response to the ever-growing need for more effective and integrated cross-border e-commerce

solutions, designated Postal Operators in Europe have developed “E-Commerce Interconnect” using

proprietary specifications and standards, such as a UPU Standard, adopted in February 2016 on “Postal-

item label”.

E-commerce associations, courier-, express- and postal services in Europe came together to bridge

between proprietary specifications and non-for-profit solutions, already used by the wider European e-

commerce community for supply chain management, to standardize delivery chain management, so that

all (including the UPU designated operators representing the UPU member states) can use the same

standard.
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1 Scope

This document will specify the interface between the e-merchant (any commercial customer sending

parcels) and the first logistic operator, including both public and private carriers. For the application of

this document, a cross border parcel is a parcel crossing a border into and within Europe.

The interface is composed of two items:

— the physical label attached on the parcel: contents, sizes, minimum requirements to guarantee the

quality and efficiency of the logistic process (sorting, delivery).

— the electronic exchanges between the sender and the logistic operator with the description of the

data to be provided, the format of the exchanges.

While designated operators of UPU have drawn up business requirements using proprietary standards

and related data components, online merchants have developed open, not-for-profit standards for final

delivery which are integrated into their existing supply chain management environment.

NOTE 1 The data element enables the growth of integrated, data-driven systems which support highly efficient

and customer-driven cross-border ecommerce. This reflects the current trend to B-to-B-to-C delivery solutions in

the European and international cross border e-commerce markets. Delivery from original source to final consumer

can be split over more than one service provider.

NOTE 2 C-to-B-to-B-to-C solutions will be an extension, in particular when returns are specified. The “first C”

would indicate that consumers wishing to return items, or induct items themselves, will be able to print labels

following the fundamentals specified in this standard.

E-merchants exchange data with logistic operators (i.e. the postal operators, but not limited to those

designated to fulfil the rights and obligations of UPU member countries) to help, simplify and enable the

consequential logistic and transactional tasks. The establishment of common definitions and electronic

formats safeguards the reliability and decreases the overall costs by avoiding software development

costs, multiple printing equipment, over-labelling during the process, and the manual sorting.

2 Normative references

The following documents, in whole or in part, are normatively referenced in this document and are

indispensable for its application. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated

references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

EN ISO 19160-4, Addressing - Part 4: International postal address components and template language (ISO

19160-4)

ISO/IEC 15459-1, Information technology — Automatic identification and data capture techniques —

Unique identification — Part 1: Individual transport units

ISO/IEC 15415, Information technology — Automatic identification and data capture techniques — Bar

code symbol print quality test specification — Two-dimensional symbols

EN ISO/IEC 15416, Information technology — Automatic identification and data capture techniques — Bar

code print quality test specification — Linear symbols (ISO/IEC 15416)

ISO 15394, Packaging — Bar code and two-dimensional symbols for shipping, transport and receiving labels

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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

Note 1 to entry: UPU/designated operator specific terminology used in this document, are defined in the UPU

Standards glossary, in documents referred to in Normative References and in the Bibliography.

3.1
cross border parcel
parcel crossing a border into and within Europe
3.2
document

letter-post, parcel-post, express or courier item consisting of any piece of written, drawn, printed or

digital information, excluding objects of merchandise
3.3
good

letter-post, parcel-post, express or courier item consisting of any tangible and movable object other than

money, including objects of merchandise, which does not fall under the definition of “document”

3.4
parcel

postal item containing goods with or without commercial value, other than an item of correspondence,

with a weight not exceeding 31,5 kg
[SOURCE: Cross border parcel delivery services regulation (EU 2018/644)]
3.5
postal item

an item addressed in the final form in which it is to be carried by a postal service provider.

In addition to items of correspondence, such items also include for instance books, catalogues,

newspapers, periodicals and postal parcels containing merchandise with or without commercial value

[SOURCE: Postal Services Directive; Directive 97/67/EC amended by Directive 2002/39/EC and

Directive 2008/6/EC]
4 The physical parcel label
4.1 Contents in the label

Parcel labels include both fixed and variable data. Table 1 lists the contents in the label, a description of

the information, and whether the data are mandatory or conditional. Mandatory information is always

required. Conditional information should be supplied if it is available. The format of the content, i.e. its

length, is also given.

NOTE 1 Personal Data printed on the label is covered by the REGULATION (EU) 2016/679 OF THE EUROPEAN

PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the

processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General

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Data Protection Regulation or GDPR). This can require the prior consent of Data Subjects to the processing of their

personal data for the purpose of delivering the parcels.

NOTE 2 The format is to facilitate IT systems: an..26 means up to 26 alphanumeric characters (the leading dots

indicating a variable length); an13 means 13 alphanumeric characters, fixed length.

Table 1 — Contents in the label
Information Description Mandatory (M)/ Format
content Conditional (C)
Product identifier Name of the product or service offered by the first C an..26
operator to the customer
Postal service Name or logo of the agreement under which the C name:
item is processed and following which financial an..26
settlements are made between the sending
operator and the receiving operator
Origin operator Name or logo of the origin operator (sending postal, M name:
express, courier operator) that holds the contract an..35
with the customer who orders the shipment of
goods using a service offered by the origin operator
Service level Name or logo of the service level in accordance with C name:
indicator which the item shall be processed an..30
EXAMPLE priority; non-priority or other terms
as specified in a bi- or multi-lateral agreements,
service level agreements, etc. If there is a special
service level it should be stated.
Sender name Identification of the sender, specified using the data M see 4.5.7
elements defined in 4.5.7
Sender address The full address of the sender, including the M See 4.5.7
country specified using the data elements defined
in 4.5.7
Sender telephone Sender’s telephone number C an..35
number
Sender customer Sender’s customer account number, as defined and C an..17
account number registered by the origin operator.
Sender email Email address or addresses of the sender C See 4.5.6
address
Addressee name Identification of the addressee, specified using the M see 4.5.7
data elements defined in 4.5.7
Addressee address The full address of the addressee, including the M see 4.5.7
country, specified using the data elements defined
in 4.5.7
Addressee telephone Addressee’s telephone number C an..35
number
Addressee email Email address or addresses of the recipient C See 4.6.6
address
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Information Description Mandatory (M)/ Format
content Conditional (C)
Instructions Applicable operational instructions, delivery C see
options and product features, represented with Annex B
logos as defined in Annex B
Item identifier Item identifier (ISO/IEC 15459 or UPU S10) a an..13
Unique identification of the item as defined by
ISO/IEC 15459-1 (the licence plate standard) or by
UPU S10.
Additional barcode Additional barcode as defined by e.g. proprietary C an..20
carrier coding for e.g. sorting and routing of parcels.

The UPU S10 Item identifier is mandatory for postal items within the UPU network, as specified in the UPU treaties

and conventions.
4.2 Label dimensions
All dimensions provided in this specification are in millimetres (mm).
The dimensions below correspond to a standard A6 label.
Table 2 — Size of the label
Parameter Value
Height 148 mm
Width 105 mm

NOTE The size described is a guidance. Companies can choose to use a larger size, however comply with the

general display rules.
The label shall not be larger than the parcel side to which it is affixed.
4.3 General display rules
4.3.1 Label text font

Apart from the header, all text included in the parcel label shall be presented using a single text font.

The following fonts shall be permitted: Lucida Console, Verdana, Courier New, FreeSans Gothic, Batang,

Monospace, and Helvetica.

The preferred font is FreeSans . The font shall be normal (“roman” / “upright”) and not italic or inclined,

underlined, or written in white on a black background (inversed).
4.3.2 Colours

Apart from the header, all text, symbols and barcodes shall be printed using black ink on a white

background.

Other colours are permitted for the conditional (optional) data/information in the header section.

FreeSans is an open outline font that can be freely downloaded from the Internet.

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4.3.3 Label zones

The parcel label comprises five defined zones (from the top of the label to the bottom): A to E. Zones A, B,

C and E are divided into sub-zones (see Figure 1 below):
a) header zone (A0, A1, A2, A3);
b) sender zone (B0, B1, B2, B3);
c) addressee zone (C0, C1, C2);
d) instruction zone;
e) item identifier zone (E1, E2).
NOTE 1 Figure 1 is not to scale.

NOTE 2 The zone sizes are suggested as a guidance. Companies can choose to use a different and larger size,

however comply with the general display rules.
Figure 1 — Layout of parcel label
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4.3.4 Zone contents

The table below lists the zones and sub-zones and indicates the information content represented in each

of them.
Table 3 — Zones and sub-zones and their information content
Zone Information content Mandatory (M)/
Conditional (C)
A0 Origin operator M
A1 Product identifier C
A2 Network identifier C
A3 Service level indicator C
B0 Sender name M
B1 Sender address M
B2 Sender telephone number C
B3 Sender customer account number and/or sender C
Email
C0 Addressee name M
C1 Addressee address M
C2 Addressee telephone number C
C3 Addressee Email C
D Instructions C
E1 Item identifier (ISO/IEC 15459 or UPU S10 SSCC) a, b, c
E2 Additional barcode as defined by e.g. proprietary b
carrier coding for e.g. sorting and routing of parcels.

An UPU Item identifier is mandatory for postal items within the UPU network, as specified in the

UPU treaties and conventions. In this case, no other barcode than the UPU identifier for the

identification of an item may be required (see § 4.8).

The positions of the item identifier and the additional carrier barcode may be inverted (i.e. the

item identifier printed in zone E2 and the carrier barcode printed in zone E1) depending on carrier

process and specific requirements (see § 4.8).

c Unique identification (SSCC) of the item is based on the company prefix of the shipper (GCP) as

defined by GS1.
4.4 Header zone
4.4.1 General

The header (zone A) shall be positioned at the top of the label and can contain information on the origin

operator (name or logo), product identifier, the service level applied, as well as an indication of the postal

network used to process the item.
4.4.2 Header dimensions – zone A
The dimensions of the header are listed in Table 4.
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Table 4 — Header dimensions– zone A
Characteristic Value
Height Up to 25 mm
Width 105 mm
Position On top of the label, above the sender section (zone
Line border thickness above and below 0,2 mm
4.5 Sender zone
4.5.1 General

The sender zone (zone B) shall be positioned below the header zone and shall contain information on the

sending party. The text “FROM” shall be displayed in capitals and oriented vertically. The address of the

sender shall be to the right of the text “FROM”. Addresses shall be submitted either as a set of meaningful

EN ISO 19160-4 components, or as a set of address lines, or as a combination of elements and lines.

4.5.2 Sender zone dimensions – zone B
The dimensions of the sender zone are listed in Table 5.
Table 5 — Sender zone dimensions - zone B
Characteristic Value
Height up to 30 mm
Width 105 mm
Position Below the header section (zone A)
Line border thickness above and below 0,2 mm
4.5.3 FROM indicator
Table 6 — FROM indicator
Characteristic Value
Orientation Vertical
Text font size 11 pt
Text specification Bold
Width 10 mm
Minimum space between text and line border 2,5 mm
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4.5.4 Address of sender – zone B0 and B1
Table 7 — Zone B0 and B1
Characteristic Value
Width 95 mm
Address block The address shall be presented in block,
without any white lines
If optional lines are not used, white (blank)
lines shall not appear in the address block.
Addresses shall be represented following the
specifications at Annex A.
Minimum text font size 7 pt
Line border thickness 0,2 mm
Minimum space between text and borders 0,8 mm
4.5.5 Sender telephone number – zone B2

If available, the sender telephone number should be included in the sender zone, preceded by a

“telephone symbol” and positioned in the upper-right or bottom-right corner of the zone.

Table 8 — Sender telephone number - zone B2
Characteristic Value
Font size 7 pt
Telephone symbol
Telephone symbol dimensions 5 mm x 5 mm
Telephone number International telephone number represented in
accordance with ITU-T Recommendation E.123.
Example: +22 607 123 4567
Position Upper-right or bottom-right corner, aligned right.
(See also Table 9)
4.5.6 Customer account number and / or sender Email – zone B3

If available, the customer account number of the sender should be included below the sender telephone

number.

The sender e-mail address may also be provided in this zone. If both the customer account and e-mail

address are provided, the account is on the first line and the e-mail address on the second line. If multiple

e-mail addresses are provided, each is displayed on a new line. If an e-mail address is long, it may span

over several lines to ensure it does not overlap with the name or address. If it spans over several lines,

no special character (such as “-”) is used at the end of a line to indicate that information continues on the

next line.

The customer account number should be preceded by an explanatory text such as “account” or “Cust

Acct”.
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Table 9 — Customer account number - zone B3
Characteristic Value
Font size 7 pt
Customer account The customer account number should be preceded
by an explanatory text such as “account”:.).
Email address Email address of the sender
Example: standards@cen.eu
Position Upper-right or bottom-right corner, below the
sender telephone number, aligned right
4.5.7 Requirements for rendering of addresses on item labels

Address of the sender shall be rendered on the label based on the postal address templates of the

appropriate country encoded in the Postal Address Template Definition Language specified in standard

EN ISO 19160-4, or as described in UPU open and accessible compilation of ‘Postal addressing systems in

member countries’ available in the following website:

http://www.upu.int/en/activities/addressing/postal-addressing-systems-in-member-countries.html

4.6 Addressee zone
4.6.1 General

The addressee zone (zone C) shall be positioned below the sender zone and contain information on the

receiving party. The text “TO” shall be displayed in capitals and oriented horizontally. The address of the

addressee shall be to the right of the text “TO”. Addresses shall be submitted either as a set of meaningful

EN ISO 19160-4 components, a set of address lines, or as a combination of elements and lines.

4.6.2 Addressee zone dimensions – zone C
Table 10 — Addressee zone dimensions - zone C
Characteristic Value
Height Up to 40 mm
Width 105 mm
Position Below the sender zone (zone B)
Line border thickness above and below 0,2 mm
4.6.3 TO indicator
Table 11 — TO indicator
Characteristic Value
Width 15 mm
Text orientation Horizontal
Text font size 16 pt
Text specification Bold
Line border thickness 0,2 mm
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4.6.4 Name and address of addressee – zones C0 and C1
Table 12 — Name and address of addressee - zones C0 and C1
Characteristic Value
Width 90 mm
Address block The address shall be presented in block, without any
white lines.
If optional lines are not used, white (blank) lines shall
not appear in the address block.
Addresses shall be represented following the
specifications in 4.5.7.
For better OCR recognition, the address block may be
emphasized by a frame or hooks around
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