The superior capabilities and comprehensive design of EDIFACT messages allow them to accommodate more detailed and less redundant data than the ANSI X12 standard.
For example, not only do EDIFACT payment messages convey the amount and what each payment is for, they can also explain payment adjustments or deductions more thoroughly than the X12 standard through a more comprehensive design, allowing the credit manager to immediately confirm account status.
Carrying more information than other standards, EDIFACT payments are identified and applied more quickly, significantly reducing idle time of funds and resulting in more profitable credit and cash management.
The structure of EDIFACT messages also eliminates redundant characters.
Even though EDIFACT messages are more streamlined than ANSI X12 messages, the functions of the transactions are virtually the same.