UN / EDIFACT (United Nations Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport) is a cross-industry international standard for the format of electronic data in business transactions. EDIFACT is one of several international EDI standards. A UN body called CEFACT, which is affiliated with UNECE, is responsible for the EDIFACT standard.

The basic standardization concept of EDIFACT is that there are uniform message types whose English name is United Nations Standard Message (UNSM). In so-called subsets, the message types can be specified in more detail for each branch.

Each message consists of an envelope that wraps the message content in a similar way to an envelope. This envelope consists of the segments UNB and UNZ. This envelope contains the agreed code numbers for the sender and recipient, as well as the content of the message, times for tracing and checking elements. A message itself consists of segments, data element groups and data elements.

The optional segment UNA plays a special role as it defines the segment and element separator as well as the decimal separator for all subsequent data.

ID Type Short Type Description Sample
CONPVA Payment valuation message
STATAC Statement of account message
BAPLIE Bayplan/stowage plan occupied and empty locations message
CONITT Invitation to tender message
DOCINF Documentary credit issuance information message
REQOTE Request for quote message
BAPLTE Bayplan/stowage plan total numbers message
SUPMAN Superannuation maintenance message
CUSRES Customs response message
IFTMBP Provisional booking message
PRICAT Price/sales catalogue message
CONWQD Work item quantity determination message
CONDPV Direct payment valuation message
PRPAID Insurance premium payment message
IFTRIN Forwarding and transport rate information message
HANMOV Cargo/goods handling and movement message
CUSEXP Customs express consignment declaration message
PAYORD Payment order message
AUTHOR Authorization message
DOCADV Documentary credit advice message
INVRPT Inventory report message
IFCSUM Forwarding and consolidation summary message
PAYDUC Payroll deductions advice message
CREADV Credit advice message
CUSDEC Customs declaration message
IFTMAN Arrival notice message
DELFOR Delivery schedule message
CUSREP Customs conveyance report message
ORDERS Purchase order message
QUOTES Quote message
PARTIN Party information message
ORDCHG Purchase order change request message
BOPBNK Bank transactions and portfolio transactions report message
CONQVA Quantity valuation message
CUSCAR Customs cargo report message
SLSFCT Sales forecast message
DIRDEB Direct debit message
PAYMUL Multiple payment order message
DEBADV Debit advice message
INSPRE Insurance premium message
IFTCCA Forwarding and transport shipment charge calculation message
IFTSTQ International multimodal status request message
MOVINS Stowage instruction message
BOPCUS Balance of payment customer transaction report message
IFTDGN Dangerous goods notification message
RECECO Credit risk cover message
SUPCOT Superannuation contributions advice message
REMADV Remittance advice message
QALITY Quality data message
ORDRSP Purchase order response message
IFTSAI Forwarding and transport schedule and availability information message
PRODEX Product exchange reconciliation message
IFTMIN Instruction message
CONEST Establishment of contract message
COMDIS Commercial dispute message
IFTSTA International multimodal status report message
INVOIC Invoice message
BOPDIR Direct balance of payment declaration message
BANSTA Banking status message
SANCRT International movement of goods governmental regulatory message
IFTMBC Booking confirmation message
DESADV Despatch advice message
CONTEN Tender message
DELJIT Delivery just in time message
BOPINF Balance of payment information from customer message
REQDOC Request for document message
IFTMBF Firm booking message
PAXLST Passenger list message
CONRPW Response of pending works message
PAYEXT Extended payment order message
CREEXT Extended credit advice message
CONAPW Advice on pending works message
IFTMCS Instruction contract status message
SLSRPT Sales data report message
DOCAPP Documentary credit application message