EDI transactions are standardised electronic documents used by trading partners to send and receive business information.

Businesses across the world achieve huge benefits and efficiencies by improving the way in which they interact with their trading network. By utilising EDI transactions, businesses can operate frictionlessly by digitising and automating the exchange of information. Digitisation helps to optimise the entire supply-chain by reducing the need for human intervention and associated errors, as well as saving time and money.

At Transalis, we can help with the accurate exchange of digital documents, such as purchase orders, invoices, or Advanced Shipping Notices (ASNs), all of which are mapped and formatted to recognised technical standards, whether that’s according to industry sector or country.

Glossary of EDI Transaction Standards

We’ve put together a ‘mini glossary’ of some of the most common standards governing EDI transactions, all of which are supported by EDI specialist, Transalis:


Widely accepted as a universal EDI standard for those wishing to trade globally. It has a set of syntax rules, characters and other data elements ratified by the United Nations.


This is the main standard to use if you are using EDI transactions to trade with companies in the USA, and is currently used by more than 300,000 companies worldwide.


Developed by the international standards organisation GS1, this is a subset of
EDIFACT. EANCOM messages are seen as the equivalent of manually derived documents, e.g. data set-up, business transactions, financial documents and reporting.


For those looking to trade with partners in the UK, TRADACOMS is a UK-based standard designed for domestic trade encompassing 26 messages for EDI transactions.


Commonly used in the German automotive industry, VDA is a motor industry standard. There is no naming convention within the specifications for each element and no easy conversion to other standards, however, Transalis eDI™ can do all of this for you.


A SAP format for digital data transfers, specifically helping to ensure integration with your trading partner’s formats.


Standing for eXtensible Markup Language, XML defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format compliant with recognised communication protocols.


Transalis is GS1 certified – if you are looking for more detailed information about EDI transactions and standards go to GS1.

The Transalis team has experience in setting up EDI transactions using a wide range of standards.


We know that most businesses do not want to get involved with the complex ins and outs of EDI. They just want to enjoy the benefits and rely on their provider to do the heavy lifting.

Because we make compliance easy, you do not have to spend time on the technicalities of EDI transactions or keep up with regulatory requirements.

Our customers value Transalis eDI™ solutions because we meet their business needs and expectations.

Our Customer First approach:

  • price transparency
  • no VAN (Vaue Added Network) charges
  • frictionless migration to maintain BAU
  • shorter lead times for implementation
  • comprehensive training
  • ongoing support

EDI Made Simple

Transalis eDI™ provides substantial cost savings with no hidden fees. Unlike other EDI software providers everything, including unlimited message volumes, is included in your annual subscription.

Visit Transalis eDI™ products

Speak to an EDI specialist. Call us on 0845 123 3746 or +44 1978 369 343 (for international callers), or contact us via email sales@transalis.com