Despatch advice message (DESADV) to be used in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between trading partners involved in administration, commerce and transport
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
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.
The message intent is to advise of the detailed contents of a
The message relates to one seller and one buyer or their
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
- have the precise details of the consignment
- take initial steps towards Customs clearance in the case of
- enable matching between despatched goods and the following