EDI 820

Payment Order or Remittance Advice Document
used for making payments and sending remittance advice.


EDI 820-- Remittance Advice/Payment Order

EDI 820 message is shared between a buyer and a seller to confirm payment details and suggest adjustments.

An ANSI X12 EDI 820, also known as Payment Order or Order Remittance Advice is an EDI message or document is used in the exchange of transactional information between trading partners. It is based on the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 format and defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) which is a governing body controlling EDI formats in the U.S. It is issued by a buyer at the end of an EDI workflow after receiving an EDI 850 document. It informs about the amount of compensation to be transferred for the delivered goods or services. It is like sending a supplier a notice of intent to pay an invoice and is generated through a specialized application. This advice of remittance can either be transferred directly from payer to payee or by a financial institution or third-party agent.

How Is EDI 820 Used?

EDI 820 is a statement of intent to pay which is sent by the buyer to the seller.

First, the supplier prepares an EDI invoice message to be sent to the customer with ANSI X12. The EDI 820 is shared with the account receivable department through EDI integration with the ERP system and is matched with the counterpart EDI 810 or another invoice format. There the EDI solution along with the accounting/ERP system settles the open account. Generally, suppliers use the EDI 820 message to connect the invoice settled by the transfer and confirm payment details. Also, the document can be used to advise the seller of all the significant adjustments in the invoice which can result in a change in the total payment amount. EDI 820 is also important to provide instructions to associated banks related to payments and to give information on previous payments to the same invoice.

EDI 820 can be triggered automatically by the receipt of an EDI 810 or 850. Customers use an EDI 820 document when several invoices are paid in one transfer and to respond to an invoice of any format. Once an EDI 820 message is received by the seller, EDI software generates an EDI 997 Functional Acknowledgement which is again shared with the buyer to confirm receipt. With the funds properly transferred, the order cycle ends. Using EDI 820 message is optional and not so common as other documents in the EDI workflow.

Structure of ANSI X12 EDI 820

A typical ANSI X12 EDI 820 contains all the information and data related to payment.

EDI 820 payment order message consists of payment relevant information and refers to different business processes along with their corresponding financial transactions. It follows a set of structures including segments and elements that are defined by the ANSI X12 standard. It can be viewed in two formats, a human-readable version, and a raw data version. The ERP system of a customer creates the message that contains all the significant invoice package information, like SAP IDoc, which is then translated into EDI 820. The software used for conversion can either be an EDI cloud service or in-house EDI software. An ANSI X12 EDI 820 message often includes:

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