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  UN/EDIFACT  D.03A (Batch) Syntax version 3 Issue date 2003-06-23  
  Message type specification PRODAT
PRODAT 8 Product data message  

TBG1 Supply Chain

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


1.1 Functional definition
A message to submit master data - a set of data that is rarely changed - to identify and describe products a supplier offers to his (potential) customer or buyer. This information of long validity includes technical and functional product description but not commercial terms and conditions. This message can be used as well to update the information on a previously sent PRODAT message.

1.2 Field of application
The Product data 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
This message provides product identification and description on the full or partial range of deliverable goods a supplier offers to his customers. It might be offered to a single customer, a multitude of customers and to agents as well.

The information enables customers to select goods according to appropriate needs. To achieve this the subsequent details may be provided on specified goods:

+ products characteristics
+ technical data
+ utilisation description
+ utilisation requirements
+ handling information

The information may be provided either structured or in free format.

This message provides capability to identify technical information being mandatory for ordering.
Descriptive and, or identifying parts of this message can be copied into orders as required.

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 and/or times should be in the format 'ccyymmdd' or '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 date or time or period format (weeks, months, etc.).

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

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

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