What is EDIFACT?

EDIFACT stands for Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport. EDIFACT is a widely accepted international EDI standard used by many organisations.

EDIFACT defines the syntax to structure data for over 200 business documents (like invoices, orders, despatch notes, etc. ) such that they can be exchanged unambiguously between 2 between partners.

In practice, a single organisation would typically handle 2 to 8 business document types.

UNB+UNOA:3+5400110000009:14+5013546107732:14+010502:1237+2722166169492+++I+0+EANCOM+1′
UNG+ORDERS+5400110000009:14+5013546107732:14+010502:1237+1+UN+D:96A:EAN008′
UNH+1+ORDERS:D:96A:UN:EAN008′
BGM+220+C1441747′
DTM+137:200105022200:203′
FTX+PUR+1++THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF EDIFACT FILE.’
NAD+BY+5400110000009::9′
NAD+SU+5013546107732::9+COMPANY ABC’
LIN+1++5400111864181:EN’
PIA+1+8641800:BP’
IMD+C++CU::9:WIDGETS’
IMD+F++:::0.7066 EURO’
MEA+PD+LAY:4+NAR:6′
MEA+PD+ULY:4+NAR:48′
QTY+21:288′
QTY+59:12′
PRI+AAA:12.80:CT:AAE’
SCC+7′
UNS+S’
UNT+21+1′
UNE+1+1′
UNZ+1+2722166169492′

Example EDIFACT EDI purchase order

As you can probably guess immediately, EDIFACT needs a bit of practice to be manipulated comfortably. But with the right tools, you can begin to break down the structure of the file and understand that data that is stored.

Babelway provides you with the tools and the support to implement your EDIFACT exchanges with your business partners in a much simpler way.

Here is how the above document looks in Babelway

Build from sample file or from scratch

Create your incoming or outgoing EDIFACT structure from a sample file or from the official EDIFACT library

  • Upload your sample and get it parsed immediately
  • Remove, add, edit segments to customize for strict or loose application of EDIFACT standards
  • Loosen EDIFACT standard validation or, reversely, add custom validations on certain fields

Transform from/to any format

Use simple drag&drop to map your EDIFACT message to any other format for easy import/export in/from your database

  • 12+ formats to choose from: CSV, multi-record text file, Idoc, Excel, XML, UBL, etc
  • Hundreds of transformation functions available or build your custom functions
  • Use correspondence tables to replace data sets
  • Change your EDIFACT structure without loosing your transformation maps

Connect to anything or anyone

Connect your Babelway environment using any EDI or non-EDI communication protocols

  • 12+ communication protocols supported including X400, VAN, AS2, SFTP, VPN, etc.
  • Define retry strategies for maximum robustness
  • Get notified and intervene immediately in case of processing or delivery issues

And last but not least:

Get extended support from the experts

Babelway is not only a great Self-Service platform, it’s a team of expert individuals to make you succeed

  • Spot the ‘reuse and save time’ zone on the right of the screen? Import EDIFACT messages and maps from our catalog
  • Access on-demand, online training material through BabelAcademy – check the program here.
  • Access our support helpdesk anytime and ask your questions

“I have to say how helpful Babelway support is. It was amazing how quickly I was getting answers to my questions. Sometimes even at all hours of day and night.”

IT Department, Vandeputte

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