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EDI and International Exchange Standards

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the electronic equivalent of processing paper documents and is at the center of any workflow system. EDI is the electronic equivalent of processing paper documents where trading partners can exchange electronic documents directly or they can use a third-party.

Common North American EDI Standards

  • EDIA for the Transportation Industry
  • UCS for the Grocery Industry
  • WINS Warehousing 1982
  • ANSI X12 Cross-industry 1983
  • RosettaNet IT Supply Chain N/A
  • COMPORD Steel N/A


  • Major International EDI Standards

  • IATI International Aid Transparency Initiative
  • TRADACOMS for the Retail Industry out of the UK
  • ODETTE for the Automotive Industry out of Europe
  • UN/EDIFACT for Commercial Export and Transportation

  • Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a specification that has been developed for transmitting information over the Web. XML is based on the Standard Global Markup Language (SGML) and is a cross-platform, software- and hardware-independent tool. In addition, it has the following attributes:

    • Is a markup language much like HTML.
    • Is designed to describe data.
    • Can be used for all types of data and graphics.
    • Is independent of applications, platforms, or vendors.
    • Allows designers to create their own customized tags, enabling the definition, transmission, validation, and interpretation of data between applications and between organizations.

    SMX is:

    • Compliant with ANSI X12 and UN EDIFACT, ensuring your organization complies with published data exchange standards and requirements associated with your programs for any industry
    • Supports XML and EDI to XML conversion. For example, in healthcare, RDC requisitioning systems provide XML punch-out services into back end EDI compliant ERP systems with several suppliers. We provide XML to EDI conversion for hospitals across Ontario.
    • Enables EDI translation, validation and routing of EDI ANSI, EDIFACT and CADEX transaction types related customs declarations and releases for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).