EDI worldwide standards

EDI Worldwide Standards List And Description (Part 1)

EDI worldwide standards appeared when EDI came onto the scene, and companies have attempted to standardize B2B relationships. As business requirements were quite different and diverse, organizations have optimized messaging formats that resulted in a dozen EDI standards in use. There are formats used across industries to facilitate business communication as well as specific EDI formats for unique industry usage. Below we’ll explain some EDI worldwide standards used today.

EANCOM. A popular EDI standard used to integrate information sent electronically with the physical flow of goods. EANCOM is a subset of the UN/EDIFACT EDI standard. It contains only the messages used in business applications. EANCOM was developed for retail and consumer goods, but was also adopted in healthcare and construction.

EANCOM is an EDI standard used to integrate information sent electronically with the physical flow of goods. It’s a subset of the UN/EDIFACT EDI standard and contains only the messages used in business applications and eliminates many optional messages found in EDIFACT. This EDI format incorporates GS1 standards of trade items identification, logistics units and the Global Location Numbers (GLNs). Governed by GS1.

UN/EDIFACT. Stands for Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport. Used in international business and trade. This format covers syntax rules, interactive exchange protocol (I-EDI), standard messages for multi-country and industry exchange, data element directories, guidelines for electronic interchange. UN/EDIFACT is adopted in Administration, Commerce, Transport. Originally governed by The United Nations. Today the rules are approved and published by the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), a part of the UNTDID (UN Trade Data Interchange Directory).

EDIG@S (EDIGAS). A set of EDI transaction sets designed specifically for B2B document exchange between gas companies. Originally it was created by four gas companies as an independent EDI transaction standard. EDIGAS has 14 member companies governing its use. Today, EDIGAS uses a subset of standard EDIFACT transactions including purchasing, transport, allocation, settlement, trade, and also supports XML transactions.

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