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Old 02-14-2011, 08:18 AM
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Default All about Mailbags

Most of the large VANs and many of the small VANs use the X12.56 Interconnect Mailbag Protocol (or X12.56 Mailbag or simply Mailbag) to help track transmissions between VANs.

While this is an X12 standard, X12.56 mailbags often contain X12, EDIFACT, TRADACOM and other standards. European X.400 networks do not typically support this standard.

While ECGrid treats Parcels and Mailbags as the same thing, only when the other VAN supports the X12.56 protocol, do we actually use the term Mailbag.

ECGrid fully supports X12.56. When this protocol is used, the Parcel.MailbagControlID property is populated. For Mailbags sent to VANs, this is the same as the ParcelID, left padded to nine digits.

The MailbagControlID is useful in tracking lost interchanges over Interconnects.

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Old 02-14-2011, 08:21 AM
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Default Finding the Mailbag Number

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I just want to ensure that we are picking up the correct information to display in the Mailbag field.

You sent us the following information previously. Which I think is for Outbound data (from our client)

ParcelUpload() -> ParcelID(1)

internally ParcelID(1) -> InterchangeID -> ParcelID(2)

ParcelID(2) is then sent to the VAN. The MailbagControlNo is ParcelID(2) not ParcelID(1)

So we need to use the MailbagControlNo on the 2nd Parcel for the Mailbag ID?

On inbound we can just use the Parcel ID of the parcel we down load is that correct?

Or is ir

Parcel(1) (Received from VAN) InterchangeID ParcelID(2) downloaded by our client.

So do we have to go from Parcel(2) back to Parcel(1) and use the ID of Parcel(1) for the inbound Mailbag ID i.e. what you will have given to the 3rd party VAN.
Close. For outbound (to VAN) it is correct as the MailbagControlNo is Parcel(2).ParcelID, left padded with zeros to nine digits. This is only if the VAN mailbags. Check the Parcel(2).MailbagControlID to see the actual value. If it is blank, the VAN does not do mailbagging.

Inbound, it would be the Parcel(1).MailbagControlID, which will not match Parcel(1).ParcelID because the MailbagControlID for inbound (from VAN) is not assigned by us. If the property is blank, the VAN does not mailbag.

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