A message to report transport equipment that is either in stock by the sending party (i.e. a terminal, depot or container freight station) or is part of the fleet of transport equipment being operated by a shipping line.  It is also used to report the profiles of newly acquired transport equipment. This message is part of a total set of container-related messages.  These messages serve to facilitate the intermodal handling of containers and other transport equipment by streamlining the information exchange.  The business scenario for the container messages is clarified in a separate document, called ‘Guide to the scenario of EDIFACT container messages’.