EDIFACT: Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce, and Transport

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EDIFACT: Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce, and Transport


EDIFACT (Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce, and Transport) is the international standard for electronic data interchange, developed under the auspices of the United Nations. This standard plays a crucial role in facilitating communication and commercial transactions between different organizations and partners across various industries.

EDIFACT is a set of standardized rules and data formats that enable the electronic exchange of structured information between different systems and trading partners. It was developed to facilitate commercial transactions and efficient data management across diverse industries, including administration, commerce, and transport.

Use Case:

To better understand how EDIFACT can be applied in practice, let’s consider a use case in the retail industry. Imagine an online store that wants to place an order with an electronics supplier. By using the EDIFACT standard, the online store can transmit a structured electronic order, containing detailed information about the desired products, quantities, prices, and delivery details, to the supplier. The supplier receives this electronic order and can automatically process the information, generating an electronic response that confirms the acceptance of the order and provides delivery-related information. Thus, the EDIFACT electronic data interchange facilitates commercial transactions without the need for manual intervention in the process.

Example of script code:

from ediconnect import EDIConnection

edi_conn = EDIConnection(“supplier_address”)
edi_conn.authenticate(“username”, “password”)

order = {
“product”: “Product1”,
“quantity”: 10,
“price”: 9.99,
“delivery_date”: “2023-07-10”

edi_conn.send_message(“EDIFACT_ORDERS”, order)

Best Practices:

  1. Data validation: Ensure that the sent or received data complies with the EDIFACT specifications. Use validation tools to verify the correctness of data structure and content.
  2. Data security: Prior to data transmission, encrypt and protect it using security methods such as SSL connections or authentication.
  3. Error monitoring and management: Implement a robust system for monitoring and managing errors to promptly identify and rectify communication or data processing issues.

EDIconnect is an EDI solution platform that provides a comprehensive set of tools and services for implementing and managing electronic data interchange. The platform supports EDIFACT standards and facilitates efficient integration and collaboration between trading partners.