Many EDI users and programmers hesitate to accept the reliability and capabilities of the EDIFACT standard because of the newness of many of its messages.
While the European Economic Community (EEC) and many international business groups now regularly trade through the EDIFACT standard, U.
Also, the extensive development of the X12 message syntax through 1992, coupled with a general lack of familiarity with EDIFACT's updated syntax and software availability, creates an aversion to adapting the new EDIFACT standard.
Costs also deter companies from adopting a dual X12 and EDIFACT standard.
Although the relationship between incompatible EDI trading partners often dictates where the translation responsibility lies, businesses in the international arena generally expect the X12 party to translate its information to the EDIFACT standard when there are trading discrepancies.
The degree to which EDIFACT impacts the day-to-day transactions of U.