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ANSI X12 is an American EDI standard developed in 1979 and stands for American National Standards Institute X12.

Although originally designed for use solely in North America, ANSI X12 is still the most commonly used EDI standard there is — more than 300,000 organisations worldwide now use it.

Although ANSI is the most widely used EDI standard globally other standards such as the Tradacoms and EDIFACT standards are more commonly used in Europe.

·    What are EDI standards?

EDI standards are the requirements for the format and content of EDI business documents. EDI standards determine the correct order and location of the units of data in an EDI document. All EDI transactions are defined by EDI standards.

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Who uses ANSI X12?

ANSI X12 is used by a companies of all sizes across a variety of industries, it connects suppliers, retailers brands and manufactures within a network and enables them to transact business information seamlessly.

There are over 320 different types of transactions  capable within ANSI X12 covering nearly every facet of business-to-business operations, including transaction sets in the following categories:

  • Order and Financial Series
  • Transportation Air and Motor Series (TAM)
  • Transportation Ocean Series (TOS)
  • Transportation Rail Series (TRS)
  • Warehousing Series (WAR)

Some of the most common transactions are purchase orders, invoices and advanced shipping notices (ASN).

What are the benefits of using EDI standards?

EDI standards are essential for businesses looking to streamline their operations because they turn EDI messages into uniform computer readable messages, ready for processing. EDI standards describe what each piece of information is and in what format it comes in.

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