ORFEUS Message Versions Upgrade

Basel, 31st March 2016

Currently, several message versions are used by the ORFEUS member companies in parallel: CTD v.2, ECTD and ECN versions 1.31, 1.4 and the newest 1.42.

ORFEUS is able to receive, process and translate all these message versions. However, in conjunction with several flows (message exchange scenarios - CTD, ECDT, PCN ,ECN) it makes the software rather complex and difficult to maintain as the number of different combinations is not small. Therefore the members are requested to migrate to the last version (1.42) and support of the oldest message format (CDT v.2) will terminate at the end of the year 2016.

This is also precondition for introduction of future version 1.5, which is under specification phase and which will incorporate all the new functional and content requirements:
- modified CIT specifications for electronic consignment note,
- change from successive carriage to subcontracting model as standard
- support for Consignment Order Messages (TAF requirement)
- depending on decision of the customs authorities, it may be extended also for customs function.