UNECE/CEFACT package codes


Files Size Format Created Updated License Source
2 47kB csv zip 6 months ago 2 months ago ODC-PDDL-1.0 UNECE
Coded representations of the package type names used in International Trade (UNECE/CEFACT Trade Facilitation Recommendation No.21) Data Source of information is from the UNECE website: read more

Data Files

File Description Size Last changed Download
data 18kB csv (18kB) , json (33kB)
unece-package-codes_zip Compressed versions of dataset. Includes normalized CSV and JSON data with original data and datapackage.json. 20kB zip (20kB)


This is a preview version. There might be more data in the original version.

Field information

Field Name Order Type (Format) Description
Code 1 string A 2 character alpha numeric code value agreed by the UN/CEFACT content management group
Name 2 string
Description 3 string

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Coded representations of the package type names used in International Trade (UNECE/CEFACT Trade Facilitation Recommendation No.21)


Source of information is from the UNECE website: http://www.unece.org/tradewelcome/areas-of-work/un-centre-for-trade-facilitation-and-e-business-uncefact/outputs/cefactrecommendationsrec-index/list-of-trade-facilitation-recommendations-n-21-to-24.html

All data from UNECE has to be available in an easily distributable format, in this case it is an .xls file to process I simply removed any lines with a status of ‘X’ and removed the numeric code column as it’s of little useable value

Meaning of status codes:

A plus sign (+) Added. New unit added in this release of the code list.; A hash sign (#) Changed name. Changes to the unit name in this release of the code list; A vertical bar (¦) Changed characteristic(s). Changes other than to the unit name in this release of the code list, e.g. a change to the numeric code. A letter X (X) Marked as deleted. Code entries marked as deleted will be retained indefinitely in the code lists. When appropriate, these entries may subsequently be reinstated via the maintenance process; An equals Reinstated. Code entries previously sign (=) Marked as deleted and reinstated in this release of the code list.

Requests for addition to the codes should be made to the Information Content Management Group (ICG) at [email protected]


This data is made available under the Public Domain Dedication and License version v1.0 whose full text can be found at http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/pddl/ - See more at: http://opendatacommons.org/guide/#sthash.97PSVxmh.dpuf

Import into your tool

Data-cli or just data is the program to get and post your data with the datahub.
Download CLI tool and use it with the datahub almost like you use git with the github:

data get https://datahub.io/core/unece-package-codes
data info core/unece-package-codes
tree core/unece-package-codes
# Get a list of dataset's resources
curl -L -s https://datahub.io/core/unece-package-codes/datapackage.json | grep path

# Get resources

curl -L https://datahub.io/core/unece-package-codes/r/0.csv

curl -L https://datahub.io/core/unece-package-codes/r/1.zip

If you are using R here's how to get the data you want quickly loaded:

install.packages("jsonlite", repos="https://cran.rstudio.com/")

json_file <- 'https://datahub.io/core/unece-package-codes/datapackage.json'
json_data <- fromJSON(paste(readLines(json_file), collapse=""))

# get list of all resources:

# print all tabular data(if exists any)
for(i in 1:length(json_data$resources$datahub$type)){
    path_to_file = json_data$resources$path[i]
    data <- read.csv(url(path_to_file))

Note: You might need to run the script with root permissions if you are running on Linux machine

Install the Frictionless Data data package library and the pandas itself:

pip install datapackage
pip install pandas

Now you can use the datapackage in the Pandas:

import datapackage
import pandas as pd

data_url = 'https://datahub.io/core/unece-package-codes/datapackage.json'

# to load Data Package into storage
package = datapackage.Package(data_url)

# to load only tabular data
resources = package.resources
for resource in resources:
    if resource.tabular:
        data = pd.read_csv(resource.descriptor['path'])
        print (data)

For Python, first install the `datapackage` library (all the datasets on DataHub are Data Packages):

pip install datapackage

To get Data Package into your Python environment, run following code:

from datapackage import Package

package = Package('https://datahub.io/core/unece-package-codes/datapackage.json')

# print list of all resources:

# print processed tabular data (if exists any)
for resource in package.resources:
    if resource.descriptor['datahub']['type'] == 'derived/csv':

If you are using JavaScript, please, follow instructions below:

Install data.js module using npm:

  $ npm install data.js

Once the package is installed, use the following code snippet:

const {Dataset} = require('data.js')

const path = 'https://datahub.io/core/unece-package-codes/datapackage.json'

// We're using self-invoking function here as we want to use async-await syntax:
;(async () => {
  const dataset = await Dataset.load(path)
  // get list of all resources:
  for (const id in dataset.resources) {
  // get all tabular data(if exists any)
  for (const id in dataset.resources) {
    if (dataset.resources[id]._descriptor.format === "csv") {
      const file = dataset.resources[id]
      // Get a raw stream
      const stream = await file.stream()
      // entire file as a buffer (be careful with large files!)
      const buffer = await file.buffer
      // print data