United Nations Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (EDIFACT)

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1988, within the framework of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), following adoption, 1986, by ECE 'Working Party on Facilitation of International Trade Procedures' of universal syntax rules for interchange of trade data, and superseding UN/ECE Guidelines for Trade Data Interchange (GTDI). Also referred to as: Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport; UN/EDIFACT. 1999 replaced by United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT). Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (AFACT) takes over activities of Asia EDIFACT Board.


Promote inter-regional cooperation on facilitation of international trade through electronic interchange of business data among manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, brokers, forwarders, shippers, consignees, carriers, banks, insurers, port authorities, government agencies, etc, replacing traditional paper documents in international trade procedures.

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EDIFACT standardized language is used for communicating structured information between computer systems. Instrumental in setting up European Cooperation Network on Transport in the Mediterranean (NTMM).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 non-governmental organizations.
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Information Services

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Members in 0 countries
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Subjects *

  • Information
    • Data, Codes
  • Transportation, Telecommunications
    • Communications
  • Commerce
    • Commerce
    • Trade
    • Business Enterprises
  • Management
    • Administration
  • Technology
    • Electronics
  • International Relations
    • United Nations

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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