At the time of publication of this version and release of the framework, six functional messages have been derived from the IFTM framework. This is not the final list of functional messages, and it may be added to in future as commercial needs dictate. A code for each functional message to be derived is indicated.
IFTM as Booking, Provisional (code IFTMBP): A message from a party requesting space and/or giving brief details of a planned consignment for forwarding and/or transport services to the party providing those services. In this message, the conditions under which the planned transport should take place can be given.
IFTM as Booking, Firm (code IFTMBF): A message from a party definitely booking forwarding and/or transport services to the party providing those services. The message will contain the conditions under which the sender of the messages requires the services to take place.
IFTM as Booking, Confirmation (code IFTMBC): A message from the party providing forwarding and/or transport services to the party booking those services, giving the confirmation information to the booking of the consignment concerned. A confirmation might read that the booking of a consignment is accepted, pending, conditionally accepted or rejected. The conditions under which requested services take place may be given in this message.
IFTM as Instruction (code IFTMIN): A message from the party issuing an instruction regarding forwarding transport services for a consignment under conditions agreed, to the party arranging the forwarding and/or transport services.
IFTM as Instruction Contract Status (code IFTMCS): A message from the party providing the transport/forwarding services to the party that issued the instructions for those services stating the actual details, terms and conditions (charges when applicable) of the service and of the consignment involved. In addition it can be used for the exchange of contract information between carriers mutually.
IFTM as Arrival Notice (code IFTMAN): A message from the party providing forwarding and/or transport services, to the party such as has been indicated in the contract, giving notice and details of the arrival of the consignment. NOTE: In addition, it is expected that the IFTM will provide a basis for having the capability for associating one consignment with another.