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CDWG, Rec.21 task force (file Rec20_V2_T4_fv15.doc) F. Vuilleumier (editor), at fvuille@attglobal.net

UN/ECE Recommendation No.20, Codes for Units of Measure (UoM) used in international trade Annex 4, units of count and other units of measure (comprehensive conversion to SI units not applicable)

CEFACT/2001/CD077

2001-05-28

This UN/ECE Recommendation shall provide a core components repository of unambiguous Units of Measures and Units of Counts.

1. SI units : a first, leading group of units shall have at least a comprehensive (set of) Conversion factor(s) to SI units, providing such an unambiguous semantic content. Missing correlation to SI units will be provided by SI experts.

2. non SI units : units listed in this Annex 4 are a (for the time being provisional) regrouping of units for which a comprehensive correlation to SI units is not applicable. Hence, a description is needed, to provide such an unambiguous semantic content.

Before being able to open the Annexes of this UN/ECE Recommendation to public comment, these missing description (fields are shadowed in red) need to be provided, hopefully by recognised sources, specially users' groups: see use ID (with provisional flagging), sections 40 to 46 (line headings are shadowed in grey) in the table below. To identify the source of entries, see columns UN/ECE Rec.21 (see also doc. TRADE/CEFACT/2001/21, 2001-01-15), ANSI[/ASC/X12]355-2 and Quantity.

Last, the fields/columns Level category and Quantity provide very often useful information but seem not to have been systematically maintained: CDWG might consider 1° merging both, 2° simplifying the coding scheme for each, to allow 3° easier categorisation at input as well as improving understandability for the final users.

Sections in Use ID:

Use

Description

ID

1

back to SI units

4

buffer: check

40

single units of count

41

generic (sub)multiples - intergers/numbers/ratios

42

Information processing

43

qualified SI units

44

packages/transport related units, see also DE7064/7065, UN/ECE Rec.21.

45

units related to specific commodities

46

units related to services as labour/health/finance

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CI

Level

Use

Quantity

Cross

Code

Repr./symbol

Name

Description [check + provide missing descriptions]

Conversion factor to SI

Rec.21

ANSI

cat.

ID

ref. #

[check/update]

355-2

   

1

         

back to SI units

     

¦

3.9

1

 

1457

LK

 

link

A

unit of distance equal to 0.01 chain.

[applicable]

   
   

4

         

buffer: check

     

¦

3

4

 

1458

LN

 

length [see also 1526]

A

unit of distance defining the linear extent of an

[not applic.]

   

item measured from end to end; .

¦

3

4

 

1526

LN

 

length [see also 1458]

A

unit of distance defining the linear extent of an

[not applic.]

   

item measured from end to end; .

   

40

         

single units of count

     

¦

3.3

40

packing unit

1409

AY

 

assembly

A

unit of packaging defining the number of

[not applic.]

   

assemblies (assembly: items that consist of component parts).

¦

3

40

 

1408

AS

 

assortment

A

unit of measure defining the number of

[not applic.]

   

assortments (assortment: set of items grouped in a mixed collection).

 

3.9

40

 

1510

5B

 

batch

quantity of material produced at one operation

[na=>desc.]

 

5B

 

3.9

40

 

1403

B7

 

cycle

 

[not applic.]

 

B7

+

3

40

 

1567

E27

 

dose

Single dosage unit or amount.

[not applic.]

   

¦

3.2B

40

sales unit

1036

EA

 

each

A

unit of procurement defining the number of items

[not applic.]

   

regarded as separate units.

¦

3.9

40

 

1390

10

 

group

A

unit of measure defining the number of groups

[not applic.]

   

(group: set of items classified together).

 

3.2B

40

sales unit

1037

KT

 

kit

 

[not applic.]

 

KT

+

3.2

40

sales unit

1544

D04

 

lot [unit of procurement, see

A

unit of procurement defining the number of lots (a

[not applic.]

   

collection of associated items).

1459]

¦

3.9

40

 

1459

LO

 

lot [unit of weight, see 1544]

A

unit of weight equal to about 1/2 ounce or 15

[not applic.]

   

grams.

 

3.9

40

 

1509

57

 

mesh

linear measurement of the open area of a screen, net or weave

[na=>desc.]

 

57

¦

3.7A

40

interger/Nb/r

1276

NAR

 

number of articles

A unit of measure defining the number of articles.

[not applic.]

   

¦

3.7A

40

interger/Nb/r

1278

NCL

 

number of cells

A unit of measure defining the number of cells.

[not applic.]

   

¦

3

40

 

1391

11

 

outfit

A unit of measure defining the number of outfits

[not applic.]

   

(outfit: a complete set of equipment / materials / objects used for a specific purpose).

¦

3

40

 

1468

OA

 

panel

A

unit of measure defining the number of panels

[not applic.]

   

(panel: a distinct, usually rectangular, section of a surface).

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CI

Level

Use

Quantity

Cross

Code

Repr./symbol

Name

Description [check + provide missing descriptions]

Conversion factor to SI

Rec.21

ANSI

cat.

ID

ref. #

[check/update]

355-2

3.7A

40

interger/Nb/r

1283

NPT

 

part

A

unit of measure defining the number of parts

[not applic.]

   

(part: component of a larger entity).

 

3.7B

40

interger/Nb/r

1300

61

 

part per billion (US)

[see 1283]

[not applic.]

 

61

 

3.7B

40

interger/Nb/r

1299

59

ppm

part per million

[see 1283]

[not applic.]

 

59

 

3.7B

40

interger/Nb/r

1303

NX

 

part per thousand

[see 1283]

[not applic.]

 

NX

¦

3.2A

40

Sales units

1028

C62

 

piece

A

unit of measure defining the number of pieces

[not applic.]

   

(piece: an individual part of a larger whole).

¦

3

40

 

1392

13

 

ration

A

unit of measure defining the number of rations

[not applic.]

   

(ration: a single portion of provisions).

¦

3

40

 

1469

D65

 

round

A unit of measure defining the number of rounds.

[not applic.]

   

¦

3.9

40

 

1478

SQ

 

square

A unit of measurement defining the number of

[not applic.]

   

squares (square: rectangular shape).

3.9

40

 

1479

SR

 

strip

A

unit of measure defining the number of strips

[not applic.]

   

(strip: long narrow piece of an object).

 

3.9

40

 

1505

U1

 

treatment

 

[not applic.]

 

U1

+

3

40

 

1565

E25

 

unit of activity

Number of active units within a substance.

[not applic.]

   
   

41

         

generic (sub)multiples intergers/numbers/ratios

     
 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1285

BIL

 

billion

 

10^12

[not applic.]

   

(EuropeUR)

 

10¹²

 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1286

MLD

 

billion (US)

 

10^9

[not applic.]

   
 

10^9

 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1287

DZN

DOZ

dozen

12

[not applic.]

 

DZ

12

 

3.2A

41

sales unit

1032

DZP

 

dozen pack

12

[not applic.]

   
 

3.2A

41

sales unit

1031

DPR

 

dozen pair

 

12x2

[not applic.]

 

DP

 

3.2A

41

sales unit

1033

DPC

 

dozen piece

12

[not applic.]

   
 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1289

GGR

 

great gross

12x12x12=1728

[not applic.]

 

GG

1728

 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1288

GRO

gr

gross

12x12=144

[not applic.]

 

GS

144

¦

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1290

CEN

 

hundred

A unit of quantity equal to 100.

[not applic.]

   

¦

3.7.C

41

interger/Nb/r

1309

HC

 

hundred count

A unit of measure defining the number of units in

[not applic.]

   

multiples of one hundred.

 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1297

HIU

 

hundred

 

10^2

[not applic.]

   

international unit

 
 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1291

MLD

 

milliard

 

10^9

[not applic.]

   
 

10^9

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Level

Use

Quantity

Cross

Code

Repr./symbol

Name

Description [check + provide missing descriptions]

Conversion factor to SI

Rec.21

ANSI

cat.

ID

ref. #

[check/update]

355-2

 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1292

MIO

 

million

 

10^6

[not applic.]

   
 

10^6

 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1298

MIU

 

million

 

10^6

[not applic.]

   

international unit

 
 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1279

NIU

 

number of

1

[not applic.]

   

international units

¦

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1281

NPR

 

number of pairs

A

unit of measure defining the number of pairs

[not applic.]

   

(pair: item described by two's).

 

3.7B

41

interger/Nb/r

1302

PR

 

pair

2

[not applic.]

 

PR

2

¦

3.7B

41

interger/Nb/r

1301

P1

% or pct

percent

 

10^-2

[not applic.]

   
 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1293

SCO

 

score

20

[not applic.]

   

20

3.2C

41

sales unit

1047

TP

 

ten of an item

A

unit of measure defining the number of items in

[not applic.]

   

multiples of ten.

 

3.8A

41

mult. fract.

1317

TPR

 

ten pair

 

10x2

[not applic.]

   
 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1294

MIL

 

thousand

 

10^3

[not applic.]

 

TH

 

10³

¦

3.8C

41

mult. fract.

1359

T3

 

thousand piece

A

unit of quantity equal to one thousand pieces.

[not applic.]

   
 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1295

TRL

 

trillion

 

10^18

[not applic.]

   

(EuropeUR)

 

10^18

 

3.7A

41

interger/Nb/r

1296

BIL

 

trillion (US)

 

10^12

[not applic.]

   
 

10¹²

 

3.2B

41

sales unit

1038

C62

 

unit

1

[not applic.]

 

UN

use one

   

42

         

Information processing

     
 

3.5C

42

telephone

1210

AL

 

access line

number of lines subject to Carrier Access Line Charges

[na=>desc.]

 

AL

+

3.61

42

 

1569

A99

 

bit

A unit of measure equal to one binary digit.

[not applic.]

   

+

3.62

42

 

1570

B10

bit/s

bit per second

A unit of measure equal to one binary digit per

[not applic.]

   

second.

 

3.6B

42

 

1273

AD

 

byte

 

[not applic.]

 

AD

+

3.5C

42

 

1538

B19

 

digit

A

unit of measure defining the quantity of numerals

[not applic.]

   

used to form a number.

¦

3.9

42

 

1435

EB

 

electronic mail

A

unit of measure unit defining the number of

[not applic.]

   

box

electronic mail boxes.

+

3.67

42

 

1571

B30

Gibit

gibibit

A

unit of measure equal to 2^30 bits (binary digits) .

[not applic.]

   
 

2^30 bit

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Level

Use

Quantity

Cross

Code

Repr./symbol

Name

Description [check + provide missing descriptions]

Conversion factor to SI

Rec.21

ANSI

cat.

ID

ref. #

[check/update]

355-2

+

3.67

42

 

1572

B68

Gbit

gigabit

A unit of measure equal to 10^9 bits (binary digits).

[not applic.]

   

10^9 bit

+

3.67

42

 

1573

B80

Gbit/s

gigabit per

A unit of measure equal to 10^9 bits (binary digits)

[not applic.]

   

second

per second.

+

3.67

42

 

1574

C21

Kibit

kibibit

A

unit of measure equal to 2^10 (1024) bits (binary

[not applic.]

   

digits) .

2^10 bit

+

3.67

42

 

1575

C37

kbit

kilobit

A

unit of measure equal to 10^3 (1000) bits (binary

[not applic.]

   

digits).

10^3 bit

+

3.67

42

 

1576

C74

kbit/s

kilobit per second

A

unit of measure equal to 10^3 (1000) bits (binary

[not applic.]

   

digits) per second.

 

3.6B

42

 

1271

2P

 

kilobyte

 

[not applic.]

 

2P

¦

3.9

42

 

1452

KB

 

kilocharacter

A

unit of measure defining the number of

[not applic.]

   

characters in multiples of 1000 characters.

 

3.6B

42

 

1272

KJ

 

kilosegment

64000 bytes [2^6x10^3 bytes ?]

[na=>desc.]

 

KJ

[see 1476]

+

3.67

42

 

1577

D11

Mibit

mebibit

A

unit of measure equal to 2^20 (1048576) bits

[not applic.]

   

(binary digits) .

2^20 bit

+

3.67

42

 

1578

D36

Mbit

megabit

A

unit of measure equal to 10^6 (1000000) bits

[not applic.]

   

(binary digits).

10^6 bit

+

3.67

42

 

1579

D68

Mbit/s

megabit per

A

unit of measure equal to 10^6 (1000000) bits

[not applic.]

   

second

(binary digits) per second.

 

3.6B

42

 

1270

4L

 

megabyte

 

[not applic.]

 

4L

¦

3.9

42

 

1467

NF

 

message

A

unit of measure defining the number of

[not applic.]

   

messages.

#

3.5C

42

telephone

1213

C0

 

number of calls

A

unit of measure defining the number of calls (call:

[not applic.]

   

communication session or visitation).

+

3.5C

42

 

1554

D68

 

number of words

A unit of measure defining the number of words.

[not applic.]

   

¦

3.9

42

printing

1183

ZP

 

page

A unit of measure defining the number of pages.

[not applic.]

   

¦

3.5C

42

printing

1184

QA

 

page - facsimile

A unit of measure defining the number of facsimile

[not applic.]

   
 

pages.

¦

3.5C

42

printing

1185

QB

 

page -hardcopy

A

unit of measure defining the number of hardcopy

[not applic.]

   

pages (hardcopy page: a page rendered as printed

or

written output on paper, film, or other permanent

medium).

 

3.5B

42

Printing

1179

PI

 

pitch

 

[not applic.]

 

PI

¦

3.9

42

 

1476

SG

 

segment

A

unit of measure defining the number of segments.

[not applic.]

   

[see 1272]

 

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CI

Level

Use

Quantity

Cross

Code

Repr./symbol

Name

Description [check + provide missing descriptions]

Conversion factor to SI

Rec.21

ANSI

cat.

ID

ref. #

[check/update]

355-2

 

3.5C

42

telephone

1216

UB

 

telecommunicatio

average number of lines in service specific to equal

[na=>desc.]

 

UB

n

line in service

access requirements

average

 

3.5C

42

telephone

1215

T0

 

telecommunicatio

snapshot sample of lines in service

[na=>desc.]

 

T0

n

line in service

 

3.5C

42

telephone

1217

UC

 

telecommunicatio

number of network access ports

[na=>desc.]

 

UC

n port

   

43

         

qualified SI units

     
 

3.5C

43

Telephone

1208

AH

 

additional minute

minute above the minutes allowed for a telecommunication service

[na=>desc.]

 

AH

 

3.1C

43

qual. unit

1008

MD

 

air dry metric ton

 

[not applic.]

 

MD

+

3

43

 

1568

E28

 

air dry ton

A

measurement of how much of the product is

[not applic.]

   

actually present, disregarding the water content of the medium in which it is delivered.

 

3.5C

43

telephone

1209

AI

 

average minute

the total number of minutes of a category of calls divided by the total number of calls within the category of telephone service

[na=>desc.]

 

AI

per call

 

3.1C

43

qual. unit

998

B3

 

batting pound

 

[not applic.]

 

B3

 

3.5A

43

lumber

1167

BFT

 

board foot

 

[not applic.]

 

BF

 

3.4A

43

ship/trsp un.

1137

CCT

 

carrying capacity

 

[not applic.]

   

in

metric ton

 

3.4A

43

ship/trsp un.

1141

A43

 

deadweight

[def. required]

[not applic.]

   

tonnage

[=> which UoM ?]

 

3.4A

43

ship/trsp un.

1140

DPT

 

displacement

[def. required]

[not applic.]

   

tonnage

[=> which UoM ?]

 

3.1B

43

qual. unit

963

DB

 

dry pound

 

[not applic.]

 

DB

 

3.1B

43

qual. unit

979

DT

 

dry ton

 

[not applic.]

 

DT

 

3.1C

43

qual. unit

990

FL

 

flake ton

 

[not applic.]

 

FL

 

3.4A

43

ship/trsp un.

1146

A75

 

freight ton

the greater weight or measurement of goods where 1 ton is either 1000 kilos or 1 cubic metre

[na=>desc.]

   

¦

3.1B

43

qual. unit

967

E4

 

gross kilogram

A

unit of mass equal to the total number of

[not applic.]

   

kilograms before deductions.

D

3.4A

43

ship/trsp un.

1144

GRT

 

gross register ton

 

[not applic.]

   
 

3.4A

43

ship/trsp un.

1142

GT

 

gross ton [see also 969]

International Convention on Tonnage measurement of Ships, 1969, regulations 3+4

[na=>desc.]

   
 

3.1B

43

qual. unit

969

GT

 

gross ton [see also 1142]

International Convention on Tonnage measurement of Ships, 1969, regulations 3+4

[na=>desc.]

 

TG

 

3.5A

43

lumber

1168

BP

 

hundred board

 

[not applic.]

 

BP

feet

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Level

Use

Quantity

Cross

Code

Repr./symbol

Name

Description [check + provide missing descriptions]

Conversion factor to SI

Rec.21

ANSI

cat.

ID

ref. #

[check/update]

355-2

¦

3.5C

43

electrical

1220

K2

kVAr

kilovolt ampere

A

unit of reactive power demand equal to one

[not applic.]

   

reactive demand

kilovolt ampere of reactive [= ?] power.

¦

3.5C

43

electrical

1221

K3

kVArh

kilovolt ampere

A

unit of accumulated reactive energy equal to one

[not applic.]

   

reactive hour

kilovolt ampere of reactive [= ?] power per hour.

 

3.5C

43

Electrical

1219

K1

 

kilowatt demand

power load measured at predetermined intervals

[na=>desc.]

 

K1

¦

3.1C

43

qual. unit

1003

LF

 

linear foot

A

unit of measure equal to a 12-inch length of a

[not applic.]

   

uniform width object.

¦

3.1C

43

qual. unit

1007

LM

 

linear metre

A

unit of measure equal to a one metre length of a

[not applic.]

   

uniform width object.

¦

3.1C

43

qual. unit

1015

LY

 

linear yard

A

unit of measure equal to a 36-inch length of a

[not applic.]

   

uniform width object.

 

3.1C

43

qual. unit

999

LP

 

liquid pound

 

[not applic.]

 

LP

+

? 1M

43

 

1546

D84

MV·A·r·h/h

megavolt ampere hour per hour, reactive

A

unit of accumulated reactive [= ?] energy equal to

[not applic.]

   

one million volt ampere hours delivered over a period of one hour.

+

? 1M

43

 

1547

E06

MV·A·r

megavolt ampere,

A

unit of reactive [= ?] power equal to one million

[not applic.]

   

reactive

volt amperes.

D

3.1C

43

qual. unit

1009

GT

 

metric gross ton

 

[not applic.]

 

MG

¦

3.1C

43

qual. unit

985

58

 

net kilogram

A

unit of weight or mass equal to the total number

[not applic.]

   

of

kilograms after deductions.

D

3.4A

43

ship/trsp un.

1145

NTT

 

net register ton

 

[not applic.]

   
 

3.4A

43

ship/trsp un.

1143

NT

 

net ton [see also 986]

International Convention on Tonnage measurement of Ships, 1969, regulations 3+4

[na=>desc.]

   

¦

3.1C

43

qual. unit

986

STN

 

net ton (2000 lb) [see also 1143]

A

unit of mass of an item, less any packaging

[not applic.]

   

material, expressed in short tons (short ton is equal

 

to

2000 ilb).

D

3.1C

43

qual. unit

1013

OZ

 

ounce av

definition required

[na=>desc.]

 

OZ

 

3.5B

43

printing

1180

PQ

 

page per inch

 

[not applic.]

 

PQ

 

3.4C

43

ship/trsp un.

1162

RT

 

revenue ton mile

one ton of revenue generating freight moving 1 mile

[na=>desc.]

 

RT

D

3.4A

43

ship/trsp un.

1147

SHT

 

shipping ton

 

[not applic.]

   

¦

3.1C

43

qual. unit

996

24

 

theoretical pound

A

unit of mass defining the expected mass of

[not applic.]

   

material expressed in pounds.

¦

3.1C

43

qual. unit

989

27

 

theoretical ton

A

unit of mass defining the expected mass of

[not applic.]

   

material expressed in tons.

 

3.5A

43

lumber

1169

MBF

 

thousand board

 

[not applic.]

 

TM

feet

 

3.5A

43

lumber

1170

MBE

 

thousand

 

[not applic.]

   

standard brick

equivalent

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CI Level

Use

Quantity

Cross

Code

Repr./symbol

Name

Description [check + provide missing descriptions]

Conversion factor to SI

Rec.21

ANSI

cat.

ID

ref. #

[check/update]

355-2

3.1B

43

qual. unit

978

W2

 

wet kilo

 

[not applic.]

 

W2

3.1B

43

qual. unit

964

WB

 

wet pound

 

[not applic.]

 

WB

3.1B

43

qual. unit

980

WE

 

wet ton

 

[not applic.]

 

WE

 

44

         

packages/transport related units, see also DE7064/7065, UN/ECE Rec.21.

     

3.3A

44

packing unit

1063

AM

 

ampoule

 

[not applic.]

AM-

AM

AP/31

3.3A

44

packing unit

1054

BG

 

bag

 

[not applic.]

BG/62-64

BG

3.3A

44

packing unit

1058

BL

 

bale

 

[not applic.]

BL-

BA

BN/65

¦ 44

3

   

1407

AA

 

ball

A

unit of measure defining the number of balls (ball:

[not applic.]

   

object formed in the shape of sphere).

3.3A

44

packing unit

1053

BR

 

bar

 

[not applic.]

BR/16

BI

3.3A

44

packing unit

1098

BK

 

basket

 

[not applic.]

BK/27

BS

3.3A

44

packing unit

1092

2W

 

bin

storage container used as a unit of measure

[na=>desc.]

BI

2W

3.3A

44

packing unit

1083

BD

 

board

 

[not applic.]

BD/16

B8

3.3A

44

packing unit

1093

4A

 

bobbin

 

[not applic.]

BB

4A

3.3A

44

packing unit

1085

BT

 

bolt

 

[not applic.]

BT/13

BM

3.3A

44

packing unit

1064

BO

 

bottle

 

[not applic.]

GB BS BO/32 or 33 BV BQ

BO

3.3A

44

packing unit

1062

BX

 

box [see 1035]

 

[not applic.]

BX/21 or 25

BX

3.3A

44

packing unit

1069

BJ

 

bucket

 

[not applic.]

BJ/51

BC

3.3A

44

packing unit

1086

VQ

 

bulk

 

[not applic.]

VQ/05

BN

3.3B

44

packing unit

1120

AB

 

bulk pack

definition required

[na=>desc.]

 

AB

3.3A

44

packing unit

1071

BE

 

bundle

 

[not applic.]

BE/61 to 65

BD

¦ 44

3

   

1449

KA

 

cake

A

unit of measure of the number of cakes (cake:

[not applic.]

   

item shaped into a flat, compact mass).

3.3A

44

packing unit

1061

CA

 

can

 

[not applic.]

CA-CX/22-32

CN

3.3A

44

packing unit

1094

AV

 

capsule

 

[not applic.]

 

AV

3.3A

44

packing unit

1068

CO

 

carboy

 

[not applic.]

CO-CP/43

CB

3.3A

44

packing unit

1060

CT

 

carton

 

[not applic.]

CT/ 22 to 24

CT