CONTRL (Syntax and service report message) (SARS EDI Transactions)
Once a UN/EDIFACT message is received, the data is automatically translated to ensure the information received conforms to the UN/EDIFACT syntax rules. Once this is established, a CONTRL (Syntax and Service Report) message is sent to the sender of the UN/EDIFACT message, detailing the conformance, or non-conformance of the received UN/EDIFACT message. In the case of non-conformance, the exact error is highlighted.
The CONTRL message must be used by the recipient to match the information contained therein to the original UN/EDIFACT message. Should an error be reported the recipient is expected to rectify and re-transmit the message. The client must also, once a CUSRES message is received from SARS by their EDI facility, generate a CONTRL message immediately to inform Customs of the conformance or nonconformance of the CUSRES message received. This CONTRL message, once received by Customs is matched up with the original CUSRES sent after which it is automatically archived.
Clients which receive the GESMES and PRODAT messages from SARS must generate and send a CONTRL message immediately, once received, back to SARS reporting on the conformance or non-conformance of the GESMES or PRODAT. This CONTRL message, once received by SARS, is matched up with the original message sent after which it is automatically archived.
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