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BookNet Canada maintains the CBISAC EDI Document Specifications for the Canadian book industry. BookNet Canada's EDI Documents Committee meets regularly to define new documents, update existing specifications, and assess the impact of EDI on business processes.

Implementation Guides

These Implementation Guidelines have been developed by the EDI Standards Committee. This document provides overall guidance and attempts to define a code of good practice for implementing EDI to trade in the Canadian book industry. The Guidelines also provide a detailed specification of each individual message.

Looking for more implementation guidelines? We highly recommend that you have a look at the BISAC - X12 Implementation Guidelines for EDI This document contains excellent information on how to implement EDI for the book industry. NOTE: This document mentions X12-3060, but the Canadian Market primarily uses X12-4010. Please refer to the document standards below for the recommended document structures to use in Canada.

BISAC (US) Standards

BISG/BISAC maintain standards for the US book industry. In many cases these standards are very close to those used in Canada and are an excellent source for more information.

ASN Nested Pallet Level Examples

Indigo will be accepting ASNs for nested pallet shipments via EDI. The ASN requirements are included in the Canadian ASN (856) specs, but the examples are not very clear. Indigo has included the following examples and overviews:

ASN Pallet Level Requirements

The EDI Committee has approved the use of a new code in the Hierarchial level (HL Segment) of the ASN (856) to differentiate between cases and pallets/tares. The case should be denoted by the use of 'P' and the pallet by the use of 'T'.

Please find more information in the EDI Committee Minutes

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