UN/EDIFACT Messages Developement in Transport Industry UN/EDIFACT messages appearance initiated the formation of a global UN EDI standards organisation and this development has continued to progress from the inception of the UN/EDIFACT international standard to the present time. UN/EDIFACT messages structure is essential to the use of EDI in the transport sector. It was agreed and Read More →

EDI X12 Standard Releases and Partner Requirements EDI X12 Standard is a format that is based on ASC X12 standard that coordinates the electronic data interchange relationship between trading partners. Trading partners can be represented by companies, organizations or business groups. The EDI X12 Standard (including its new requirements, releases, revisions) is governed by The Read More →

EDIFACT Terminology, Glossary and Notes EDIFACT Terminology described in today’s post covers terms and definitions that were mentioned in our blog many times before. Let us remind that EDIFACT is the product of the evolution in bringing the Proprietary Standards of the US and Europe together to form a single international EDI standard. Before speaking about EDIFACT Read More →

EDIFACT Envelope Architecture Description There are two EDIFACT Envelope levels in which messages may be transmitted. The use of a particular level designates which character set will be used: EDIFACT Envelope LEVEL A (UNA): only upper case; only printable characters EDIFACT Envelope LEVEL B (UNB): upper and lower case; includes non-printing characters for delimiters The Read More →

EDIFACT Mapping: Data Elements Types EDIFACT Mapping is an example of how many businesses can reach one definite standard. In the early days, each business had its own applications for tracking merchandise, ordering, invoicing, accounts payable, receivable, and other business needs. EDI has joined many apps in it and EDI mapping, including EDIFACT mapping, shows Read More →

ANSI X12 Manual Overview and Usage Guidelines ANSI X12 Manual is the ultimate source for the EDI standards. It is a large thick book with over 1500 pages of EDI transaction-set, segment and data element references. ANSI X12 is also available on a CD-ROM in PDF format. ANSI X12 reference manual can be purchased on Read More →

EDIFACT Messages List and Structure EDIFACT messages are viewed in the context of the UN/EDIFACT (the United Nations rules for Elec­tronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport) – a set of internationally agreed standards, directo­ries, and guidelines for the electronic interchange of structured data, between independent computerized information systems. The EDIFACT standard was developed by Read More →

EDIFACT Segment Definition EDIFACT Segment is a collection of logically-related data elements in a fixed, defined sequence. Today’s post gives deeper understanding of a segment. As we have spoken before, EDIFACT provides a hierarchical structure for messages. EDIFACT messages begin with the Message Header (UNH) Segment and end with the Message Trailer (UNT) Segment. These two Read More →

EDIFACT: History and Organizational Structure EDIFACT is an acronym for EDI For Administration, Commerce and Transport. It coordinates international standardization by working through the UN/ECE (United Nations/Economic Commission for Europe). EDIFACT standards are mostly used in Europe. This post will introduce general terms and organizational concepts necessary to understand proper usage of the standard. As we have Read More →