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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification DESADV
DESADV 12 Despatch advice message  

TBG1 Supply Chain

This specification provides the definition of the Despatch advice message (DESADV) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport.

This paper provides the definition of the United Nations Standard Despatch Advice message to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners.

1.1 Functional definition
A message specifying details for goods despatched or ready for despatch under agreed conditions.

The United Nations Despatch Advice Message serves both as a specification for Delivery Despatch Advice and also as a Returns Despatch Advice message. Throughout this document, the reference to 'Despatch Advice' may be interpreted as conveying the wider meaning of 'Delivery Despatch Advice/Returns Despatch Advice'.

1.2 Field of application
The Despatch advice message may be used for both national and international applications. It is based on universal practice related to administration, commerce and transport, and is not dependent on the type of business or industry.

1.3 Principles
The message intent is to advise of the detailed contents of a consignment.

The message relates to one seller and one buyer or their respective agents.

The message relates to a single despatch point and single or multiple destination points. It may cover a number of different items or packages.

It allows the recipient to:

- know when the material has been despatched or will be ready for despatch

- have the precise details of the consignment

- take initial steps towards Customs clearance in the case of international consignments

- enable matching between despatched goods and the following invoice.

See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 1.


3.1 Standard terms and definitions
See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2.


4.1 Data segment clarification
This section should be read in conjunction with the segment table which indicates mandatory, conditional and repeating requirements.

The following guidelines and principles apply to the whole message and are intended to facilitate the understanding and implementation of the message:

All specified dates/times should be in the format 'ccyymmdd'/'hhmm' unless all parties involved in the transaction agree that there is a functional requirement for an alternative format. Periods should be specified as whole numbers representing the required period as indicated in the format qualifier (weeks, months, etc.).

Where a choice of code or text is given only the code element should be used.

Conditional data that is not required in the message should be omitted.

Care must be taken that the segment qualifier in dependent segments does not conflict with the segment qualifier of the trigger segment of a group.

Free text information within the message should be avoided as this inhibits automatic processing.
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