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Message Type : OSTENQ Version : D Release : 00A Contr. Agency: UN Revision : 3 Date : 2000-01-27 SOURCE: Western European EDIFACT Board - MD1 CONTENTS Order status enquiry message 0. INTRODUCTION 1. SCOPE 1.1 Functional definition 1.2 Field of application 1.3 Principles 2. REFERENCES 3. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS 3.1 Standard terms and definitions 4. MESSAGE DEFINITION 4.1 Segment clarification 4.1.1 Header section 4.1.2 Detail section 4.2 Segment index (alphabetical sequence) 4.3 Message structure 4.3.1 Segment table ---------------------------------------------------------------------- For general information on UN standard message types see UN Trade Data Interchange Directory, UNTDID, Part 4, Section 2.3, UN/ECE UNSM General Introduction ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 0. INTRODUCTION This specification provides the definition of the Order status enquiry message (OSTENQ) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport. 1. SCOPE 1.1 Functional definition A message between a buyer or buyer's agent and a seller or seller's agent for information on the current status of a previously sent order(s). 1.2 Field of application The Order status enquiry 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 may relate to: - one type of enquiry - one or more orders - specific lines within orders The order status enquiry can be sent as 'non-specific enquiries', i.e. asking for all outstanding orders, or as 'specific enquiries', i.e. asking for specific orders or order lines. 2. REFERENCES See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 1. 3. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS 3.1 Standard terms and definitions See UNTDID, Part 4, Chapter 2.3 UN/ECE UNSM - General Introduction, Section 2. 4. MESSAGE DEFINITION 4.1 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 wherever possible. - Data that is not necessary to meet the functional requirements of the message should not be included. - Care must be taken that the segment qualifier in dependent segments do not conflict with the segment qualifier of the trigger segment. - Free text information within the message should be avoided as this inhibits automatic processing. 4.1.1 Header section Information to be provided in the Header section: 0010 UNH, Message header A service segment starting and uniquely identifying a message. The message type code for the Order status enquiry message is OSTENQ. Note: Order status enquiry messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UNH, composite S009: Data element 0065 OSTENQ 0052 D 0054 00A 0051 UN 0020 BGM, Beginning of message A segment by which the sender must uniquely identify the order status enquiry by means of its type and number and when necessary it's function. 0030 DTM, Date/time/period A segment specifying general dates and, when relevant, times related to the whole message. The segment must be specified at least once to identify the request date. The Date/Time/Period segment within other Segment group should be used whenever the date/time/period requires to be logically related to another specified data item e.g. Reference issue date is specified within the RFF Segment group. 0040 IRQ, Information required To indicate which information is requested in the responding Order status report message. 0050 FTX, Free text A segment with free text information, in coded or clear form, used when additional information is needed but cannot be accommodated within other segments. In computer exchanges such text will normally require the receiver to process this segment manually. 0060 Segment group 1: NAD-SG2 A group of segments identifying the parties with associated information. 0070 NAD, Name and address A segment identifying names and addresses of the parties, in coded or clear form, and their functions relevant to the proposed order. Identification of the sender (normally the buyer) is mandatory for the enquiry. It is recommended that where possible only the coded form of the party ID should be specified. 0080 Segment group 2: CTA-COM A group of segments giving contact details of the specific person or department within the party identified in the NAD segment. 0090 CTA, Contact information A segment to identify a person or department, and their function, to whom communications should be directed. 0100 COM, Communication contact A segment to identify a communications type and number for the contact specified in the CTA segment. 4.1.2 Detail section Information to be provided in the Detail section: 0110 Segment group 3: DOC-DTM-SG4 A group of segments providing details of the individual requested order(s). 0120 DOC, Document/message details A segment giving references to the purchase order(s) enquired. Other references may also be given, e.g. sellers reference number. 0130 DTM, Date/time/period A segment specifying the date/time related to the reference. 0140 Segment group 4: LIN-PIA-IMD-MEA-STS-SG5-SG6 A group of segments providing details of the individual requested order(s) lines. 0150 LIN, Line item A segment used to identify a line item. 0160 PIA, Additional product id A segment providing additional identification on the product specified in the LIN segment. E.g. To give seller's item number, EAN number, technical specification number. 0170 IMD, Item description A segment for describing the product as well as product characteristic. This segment should be used for products and services that cannot be fully identified by a product code or article number. 0180 MEA, Measurements A segment enabling the physical measurements of the ordered item to be specified where this is required for full identification of the product. Any measurements must refer to the product in its unpacked form e.g. thickness of plastic film, length, weight, etc. 0190 STS, Status This segment is used to specify the reason why an order status enquiry is being made for to the current product. 0200 Segment group 5: RFF-DTM A group of segments giving references related to the order line(s) and, where relevant, its dates. 0210 RFF, Reference A segment giving references to sellers reference number, contract numbers, etc. 0220 DTM, Date/time/period A segment specifying the date/time related to the reference. 0230 Segment group 6: LOC-DTM-QTY A group of segments used to request the status of only certain delivery of an order line. 0240 LOC, Place/location identification A segment indicating the location to which goods are to be delivered. This segment will only be used for multi destination deliveries. 0250 DTM, Date/time/period A segment specifying the date/time related to the product quantities. 0260 QTY, Quantity A segment identifying the product quantities. 0270 UNT, Message trailer A service segment ending a message, giving the total number of segments in the message (including the UNH & UNT) and the control reference number of the message. 4.2 Segment index (alphabetical sequence) BGM Beginning of message COM Communication contact CTA Contact information DOC Document/message details DTM Date/time/period FTX Free text IMD Item description IRQ Information required LIN Line item LOC Place/location identification MEA Measurements NAD Name and address PIA Additional product id QTY Quantity RFF Reference STS Status UNH Message header UNT Message trailer

4.3 Message structure 4.3.1 Segment table Pos Tag Name S R HEADER SECTION 0010 UNH Message header M 1 0020 BGM Beginning of message M 1 0030 DTM Date/time/period M 5 0040 IRQ Information required C 1 0050 FTX Free text C 20 0060 ----- Segment group 1 ------------------ M 25----------+ 0070 NAD Name and address M 1 | | 0080 ----- Segment group 2 ------------------ C 5----------+| 0090 CTA Contact information M 1 || 0100 COM Communication contact C 5----------++ DETAIL SECTION 0110 ----- Segment group 3 ------------------ C 999---------+ 0120 DOC Document/message details M 1 | 0130 DTM Date/time/period C 5 | | 0140 ----- Segment group 4 ------------------ C 200000-----+| 0150 LIN Line item M 1 || 0160 PIA Additional product id C 25 || 0170 IMD Item description C 10 || 0180 MEA Measurements C 5 || 0190 STS Status C 9 || || 0200 ----- Segment group 5 ------------------ C 99--------+|| 0210 RFF Reference M 1 ||| 0220 DTM Date/time/period C 1---------+|| || 0230 ----- Segment group 6 ------------------ C 99--------+|| 0240 LOC Place/location identification M 1 ||| 0250 DTM Date/time/period C 5 ||| 0260 QTY Quantity C 1---------+++ 0270 UNT Message trailer M 1

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