Worldwide EDI
Interchange EDI documents with all your trading partners


Electronic Data Interchange

EDI Standards

There are several different standards for EDI message construction. Some of them have better penetration in certain sectors or regions of the world, and although they may have their own particular features, they all respond to the same premises:

  • They are managed and maintained by supranational organizations that ensure their validity and timeliness.
  • They set out standards and rules on how to construct business documents The rules include operational and technical criteria for generation of these messages.
  • They are well-known and the information on how to run them is accessible and in the public domain.


One of the most widely implemented standards, especially in Europe.

UN/EDIFACT (United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport) is the EDI standard developed by the United Nations and subsequently maintained by UN/CEFACT (United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe.

The EDIFACT standard is based on syntactic rules for structuring the messages that allow the exchange of these data electronically in a multi-country and multi-industry environment.


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) developed this standard in 1979 to facilitate the exchange of structured information between US companies.

Thanks to the development of this standard and its degree of implementation, nowadays hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide (not only in the USA) are using it in their EDI projects.


Odette’s initials stand for “Organization for Data Exchange by Tele Transmission in Europe”, an interest group representing the automotive industry in Europe that develops tools and provides recommendations to improve processes associated with supply chain management in this sector.

ODETTE is the organization behind the OFTP and OFTP2 communication protocols, widely used to exchange business documents and CAD engineering specifications.

Key Benefits

  • No paper involved
  • Enhanced information processing
  • Cutting down processing and storage costs
  • Fewer errors
  • Automation of operations
  • Quicker response times
  • Integration of procedures between all trading partners