EDI 864 - Text Message

The EDI 864 is the electronic equivalent of a Text Message, transmitting various communications in a human readable form, as opposed to format meant for computer processing. 

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EDI 864

What is an EDI 864 Text Message?

EDI 864 is a text message that transmits simple messages, contracts, explanations, etc.

How is an EDI 864 Text Message used?

The EDI 864 is a naturally flexible transaction and can be used for a variety of purposes including, sending notifications to suppliers or other business trading partners. The EDI 864 was originally created as a one-time method of communication, but some businesses have adopted the transaction for regular communication. For example, an EDI 864 could update a distribution center location information. 

Common inclusions in the 864 are: 

  • Message date and time 
  • Identifying information for the recipient
  • Free- form message text 

EDI 864 Specification 

This X12 Transaction Set contains the format and establishes the data content of the Text Message Transaction Set (864) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment. The transaction set can be used to provide users with a capability to electronically move messages, contracts, explanations, and other one-time communications. It is the intent of this transaction set to provide electronic communication (messages) for people, not for computer processing. The use of the transaction set to transmit quasi or unique transaction set standards is discouraged. The use of the Text Message transaction set demands of the sender certain detailed information about the recipient. The transaction set's purpose is to provide communication to the recipient in some human-readable form. The recipient's network will dictate what capabilities are available for delivery of the information. It is the responsibility of the sender to obtain this information and include it in the transmission.


Accredited Standards Committee X12. ASC X12 Standard [Table Data]. Data Interchange Standards Association, Inc., Falls Church, VA. https://x12.org/index.php/products/transaction-sets

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