Most Common EDI Message Standards

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    Crucial to a supply chain business’s success is the ability to exchange documents with partners, suppliers, and manufacturers as efficiently as possible.

    For that to be achieved, you must know which EDI messaging standard is the right one for the business transaction that you need to perform.

    The following are three of the most common standards that play a pivotal role in facilitating smooth data communication between organisations and some of the transactions that are used within those standards.


    Electronic data interchange for administration, commerce and transport (EDIFACT) is a messaging standard that was first developed by the United Nations in 1987.

    The following codes are the most commonly used in EDIFACT:

    ANSI X.12

    Developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), X.12 provides a standardised format for the exchange of business documents electronically between trading partners.

    It promotes automation, efficiency, and accuracy in business processes, reducing the need for manual data entry and improving overall supply chain management.

    The following X.12 transactions are most commonly used:


    Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) refers to a set of standards developed by the German Association of the Automotive Industry.

    It was developed to facilitate the exchange of information between automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and other stakeholders in the industry.

    The following codes are the most commonly used in VDA:

    How an EDI Specialist Can Help

    Navigating messaging standards and their t-sets can be challenging – especially for businesses that operate in multiple industries or locations.

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