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What is EDIFACT?
The information below will provide a brief introduction to the EDIFACT EDI standard.
EDIFACT stands for Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport. EDIFACT is accepted as the international EDI standard that has been adopted by organisations wishing to trade in a global context. A standard set of syntax rules have been ratified by the United Nations. The EDIFACT standards cover transaction sets (the business documents that you wish to transmit), data element directories and syntax rules which cover delimiter characters etc.
An EDIFACT electronic transmission consists of one or more Interchanges. Each Interchange may consist of one or more Messages. These Messages contain segments of data relating to the business transaction. At each level, a series of enveloping data pairs keep track of the exchange structure.
Example EDIFACT EDI Purchase Order
Service Segments are used to keep track of the transmission. The most common set is shown below.
- UNB - Start of Interchange
- UNG - Start of Group
- UNH - Start of Message
- UNT - End of Message
- UNE - End of Group
- UNZ - End of Interchange