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First Meeting - UN/LOCODE Advisory Group

30 November - 01 December 2017
Room XXI, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland
First Meeting - UN/LOCODE Advisory Group


A UN/LOCODE Advisory Group was proposed to deal with the main issues related to UN/LOCODE maintenance and development. The Mandate and Terms of Reference of the Advisory Group on the United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations (UN/LOCODE) (ECE/TRADE/C/CEFACT/2017/17 ENGFRE and RUS) has now been approved by the UNECE Executive Committee (EXCOM). The UN/LOCODE Advisory Group will advise and support the UNECE Secretariat and UN/CEFACT in the maintenance and further development of the UN/LOCODE.

In this regard, UNECE will organize the first meeting of this UN/LOCODE Advisory Group in Geneva from 30 November to 1 December 2017 with the following objectives:  

  • Officially launch this Advisory Group and meet the group members
  • Discuss the future project to re-engineer the UN/LOCODE system and set up a repository following the UN/LOCODE business requirement study
  • Discuss a possible revision of UNECE Recommendation 16 which would be conducted through UN/CEFACT following the ODP
  • Discuss maintenance issues relating to the UNLOCODE workflow

The UN/LOCODE Advisory Group is open to key stakeholders, such as:

  • UN/LOCODE Focal Points
  • Key users:
    • Governmental Institutions
    • Business
    • Civil Society
    • Consumer Organisations
    • International organisations
  • UN/CEFACT experts

Participation in this launch meeting will be a key opportunity to be involved from day one and to assist to set the stage for future activities.

The UNECE Secretariat welcomes all key stakeholders to work closely to support the development, enhancement and maintenance of UN/LOCODE in a sustainable way and believes that this new Advisory Group will play an important role in future developments. This first meeting represents an important milestone in the UN/LOCODE history.

Agenda and Presentations

Download: Agenda  

30 November 2017
Morning Session: 10:00 – 12:30
10:00 - 12:30 Workshop for Focal Points 
Lunch Break: 12:30 – 14:00
Afternoon Session: 14:00 – 17:30
14:00 -14:20 Opening session: Geoffrey Hamilton, Acting Director, ECTD
Welcome address: Sue Probert, UN/CEFACT
Part I - Maintenance Issues  
14:20 -15:30 Session 1: Matters arising  
  • Data synchronization between the UN/LOCODE releases and user applications/databases
    Hakan Demirlioglu, IMO
    Bruis Van Driel, SMDG
    Martin Strell, GT Nexus
  • Function authorization
    Yan Zhang, UNECE secretariat
  • Big Change policy
    Announcement by Cyprus, Christina Patsiou, Cyprus National Focal Point 
    Other changes: Yan Zhang, UNECE secretariat
15:30 - 16:00 Q & A
16:00 - 16:20 Coffee Break
16:20 - 17:30 Session 2: Point or Area & Child Repository
17:30 - 18:00 Q & A
1 December 2017
Morning Session: 09:30 – 13:00
Part II - Development Issues
09:30 -10:00 Session 3: Re-engineering UN/LOCODE system
  • Status of re-engineering project
    Yan Zhang, UNECE secretariat
  • Way forward
    Demostration, Ashlee Williams, IHS Markit
10:00 -10:30 Session 4: Possible New Policy  
  • Possible end to free-of-charge DMR procedure
    Maria Ceccarelli, UNECE secretariat
10:30 - 12:00 Consensus building
12:00 - 13:00 Advisory Group Report and Resolution
Lunch Break : 13:00 – 14:30
Special Session : 14:30 – 17:30
14:30-17:30 Key UN/LOCODE user countries meeting Managing DMRs, Identifying Focal Points

Background Documents

UN/CEFACT Recommendation N°. 16 - Third Edition (revised) PDF - -
Mandate and Terms of Reference of the UN/LOCODE Advisory Group
Report of the Second UN/LOCODE Conference
Terms of Reference of the UN/LOCODE Focal Points
Report of the First UN/LOCODE Conference

Report of the Meeting


According to the Decsion 17-03 adopted during the Advisory Group Launch meeting, the online Questionnaire is available now.

Secretariat Contacts

Mr. Lance Thompson
Chief, UN/CEFACT Support Unit 
Contact e-mail: [email protected]

Ms. Yan Zhang
Economic Affairs Officer
Contact e-mail: [email protected]

Mrs. Aruna Vivekanantham
Contact e-mail:  [email protected]