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What is a VDA 4913 Message?

The VDA 4913 message, typically known as Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN), is an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) document a customer gets from its supplier as a notification about an expected delivery. The file follows the VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry or in German Verband der Automobilindustrie e. V.) standards and is used by many manufacturers in the automotive industries. The new VDA 4987 message replaces the legacy VDA 4913 message.

The use of the VDA 4913 ASN Message

VDA 4913 ASN messages inform customers about deliveries shipped by the supplier. The information contains the relevant details of a shipment. A VDA 4913 message contains also the information describing how the shipped materials are packed. In this sense the VDA 4913 ASN message serves as a classic delivery note.

VDA 4913 ASN Message in context of VDA 4984 messages

A VDA 4913 message is often used as a follow-up message on a delivery schedule, which was commonly sent before via a VDA 4905 message. The customer first sends a delivery plan as VDA 4905, outlining what the supplier has to deliver at which time. As part of the delivery, the supplier then creates a VDA 4913 ASN message indicating this delivery schedule.

How is the VDA 4913 format called in other EDI Message Standards?

As the VDA 4913 is actually an EDIFACT DESADV derivate and can be seen as an automotive-specific DESADV. EDIFACT formats like DESADVs are commonly known and used in the EU and ASIA. In the NAFTA region, on the other side, the ANSI X12 856 message is used to exchange such delivery data.

Move from VDA 4913 to the VDA 4987 ASN

In case you are late start using VDA 4987 ASNs instead of VDA 4913 so that your supplier ratings stay on a high level. With SEEBURGER you swiftly move to the new format and get a more stable operation:

  • SEEBURGER uses a canonical mapping approach so that we can quickly convert the documents to the new data format. We just take a new partner mapping from our repository.
  • With SEEBURGER, you get on one hybrid integration platform without patchwork. Enhance EDI with API and MFT at your own pace.
  • The SEEBURGER BIS Platform is available on-premises as an in-house EDI operation, or in a public cloud environment or as a SEEBURGER EDI Cloud Service.

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