The Standard Exchange Format (SEF)
The Standard Exchange Format (SEF) is an open-standard, computer readable, text format that contains the implementation guideline of an EDI document. The purpose of a SEF file is to convey an EDI implementation guideline in a standard, computer-parsable format so that it can be read directly by EDI applications.
The advantages of SEF over other file formats (e.g. pdf, doc, rft, html, and paper) are:
- SEF files are immediately useable by both users and computers.
- SEF files are small electronic files that can be transmitted easily over the Internet.
- SEF files are editable either with a text editor or with our SEF Manager.
- SEF is an open standard, which allows you to create and distribute your own SEF files without any permission or having to pay any royalty fees.
For documentation on how to create SEF files, download the following sef16.pdf file.
For creating an X12 SEF file from scratch with the SEF Manager, click here
For creating an UN/EDIFACT SEF file from scratch with the SEF Manager, click here
Below are SEF files for evaluation
(Please note: SEF files for evaluation are in a secured format which only works with the evaluation version of Framework EDI.)
- 204_4010.SEF - Motor Carrier Load Tender
- 210_3070.SEF - Motor Carrier Freight Details and Invoice
- 211_4010.SEF - Motor Carrier Bill of Lading
- 214_4010.SEF - Transportation Carrier Shipment Status Message
- 521_4030.SEF - Income or Asset Offset
- 810_4010.SEF - Invoice
- 813_4030.SEF - Electronic Filing of Tax Return Data
- 823_4010.SEF - Lockbox
- 830_4010.SEF - Planning Schedule with Release Capability
- 850_4010.SEF - Purchase Order
- 855_4010.SEF - Purchase Order Acknowledgment
- 856_4010.SEF - Ship Notice/Manifest
- 997_4010.SEF - Functional Acknowledgment
- BAPLIE_D01A - Bayplan/stowage plan occupied and empty locations message
- COARRI_D95B - Container discharge/loading report message
- CODECO_D95B - Container gate-in/gate-out report message
- CUSCAR_D95B - Customs cargo report message
- CUSRES_D99B - Customs response message
- DELFOR_D96A - Delivery schedule message
- DELJIT_D97A - Delivery just in time message
- DESADV_D05B - Despatch advice message
- IFTMAN_D01A - Arrival notice message
- INVOIC_D01A - Invoice message
- ORDERS_D01A - Purchase order message
- ORDRSP_D01A - Purchase order response message version D01A
- ORDRSP_D96A - Purchase order response message version D96A
Below are example SEF files in their actual format
- 204_3040.SEF - Motor Carrier Load Tender
- 810_3010.SEF - Invoice
- 856_3020.SEF - Ship Notice/Manifest
- APERAK_D96A - Application error and acknowledgement message
- IFTMIN_D96A - Instruction Message
- ORDERS_D94B - Purchase Order Message
Please email us if you wish to evaluate other SEF files.
PLEASE NOTE: SEF files are not included in any of the Framework EDI license, but can be purchased from our eShop at https://secure.edidev.net/edidev-ca/eShopNETv2/ (then in the Product Category field select the version of the SEF.)