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 →


CODECO UN/EDIFACT Document Description CODECO UN/EDIFACT is a message that is used by the terminal operators and depositary managers to report to the shipping company and ship’s agent which containers have reached (gate-in) or left (gate-out) the Container Terminal. CODECO UN/EDIFACT replaces the old EDIFACT messages COMORE (“Container MOvement report). Originally it was a message Read More →

edifact terminology

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 Messages

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

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 →

edi cloud

EDI Standards: The Developement of Global Data Standartization EDI Standards History may be connected to 1968 when the United States Transportation Data Coordinating Committee (TDCC) was created for working on standard for electronic documents interchange in automotive and railway industries. Further development of the standard and therefore EDI Standards was given to American National Standards Institute (ANSI). EDI Read More →

edi standards

EANCOM standard history, developement and up-to-date position EANCOM Standard was a project of the General EAN Assembly. Association EAN International and its members have been involved in EDI process since 1972.  Taking into account quick development of communications and technologies in EDI industry, The General EAN Assembly decided to release a special project for global Read More →