Message D04B/PROINQ

Product inquiry message

A message enabling the sender to inquire on a product or a group of products from a master product catalogue or file according to criteria defined in the message.

Message description


M(1) : Message header

A service segment starting and uniquely identifying a message. The message type code for the Product inquiry message is PROINQ. Note: Product inquiry messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UNH, composite S009: Data element 0065 PROINQ 0052 D 0054 04B 0051 UN


M(1) : Beginning of message

A segment by which the sender must uniquely identify the Product inquiry message by means of its number.


M(9) : Date/time/period

A segment specifying general dates and, when relevant, times related to the whole message. The Product Inquiry message preparation date must be specified using this segment.


C(1) : Currencies

A segment identifying the currency in which all product prices are expressed in the Product inquiry message.

SG1 M(99) : NAD-SG2

A group of segments identifying the parties with associated information relevant to the whole Product inquiry message.


M(1) : Name and address

A segment identifying names and addresses of the parties, in coded or clear form, and their functions relevant to the Product inquiry message. Identification of the requesting party and the party asked for information is mandatory for the Product inquiry message. It is recommended that where possible only the coded form of the party ID should be specified e.g. the sender and receiver of the report are known to each other, thus only the coded ID is required, but when a new address might have to be clearly specified, this should be done preferably in structured format.

SG2 C(9) : CTA-COM

A group of segments giving contact details of the specific person or department within the party identified in NAD segment.


M(1) : Contact information

A segment to identify a person or department, and their function, to whom communications should be directed.


C(9) : Communication contact

A segment to identify a communications type and number for the contact specified in the CTA segment.

SG3 C(9) : RFF-DTM

A group of segments for giving references and where necessary, their dates, relating to the whole message e.g. contract number.


M(1) : Reference

A segment identifying the reference by its number and where appropriate a line number within the document.


C(9) : Date/time/period

A segment specifying the date and/or time related to the reference.

SG4 M(9999) : LIN-SG5-SG6

A group of segments identifying the product or attributes of the product for which information is required.


M(1) : Line item

A segment specifying the inquiry request line and if available, the identification of the product or service for which the inquiry is being made.

SG5 C(999) : CCI-CAV-MEA

A group of segments providing product characteristics and values or measurements associated with the characteristics. Repeating CCI segments provide additional characteristics e.g. colour, size, pattern (AND linkage). Repeating CCI segments provide a choice of characteristic values (OR linkage).


M(1) : Characteristic/class id

A segment to identify a product characteristic and/or the characteristic name and characteristic relevance for the business process.


C(10) : Characteristic value

A segment to specify product characteristic by value in either coded form or in free format.


C(10) : Measurements

A segment indicating characteristic values being physical measurements (including measurable quantities and percentages) related to specific product characteristic (e.g. voltage, percentage of material contained) and where relevant measurement ranges. The MEA segment is repeatable to allow the indication of a number of applicable measurable values, for example one electric appliance may be suitable for different voltages: 110V, 220V, 240V and 380V.


A group of segments specifying the type of requested information and optionally product identification(s), measurements, parties related to the product, dates and price ranges.


M(1) : Information required

A segment specifying the type of information requested by the Product inquiry message, e.g. a price/sales catalogue, allowances and charges information, delivery lead times, etc.


C(10) : Additional product id

A segment providing either additional identification to the product specified in the LIN segment or providing a substitute product identification.


C(10) : Item description

A segment for describing the product or service inquired. This segment should be used for products that cannot be fully identified by an article number.


C(10) : Measurements

A segment specifying the physical measurements for a product.


C(10) : Name and address

A segment identifying the name and address of a party related to the product for which an inquiry is being made, e.g. supplier, ultimate customer, etc.


C(9) : Product group information

A segment specifying product or price group information requested for the current product.


C(5) : Date/time/period

A segment identifying relevant dates or periods for a product, e.g. availability date, lead time, delivery date, etc.

SG7 C(10) : PRI-RNG

A group of segments providing pricing information and price ranges for the product identified in the detail section.


M(1) : Price details

A segment to specify the price type and amount, e.g. proposed purchase price, suggested retail price, etc.


C(1) : Range details

A segment providing range information related to prices, e.g. price range between 1000 - 1500 BEF.


M(1) : Message trailer

A service segment ending a message, giving the total number of segments in the message (including the UNH & UNT) and the control reference number of the message.

Message structure

UNH, Message header                           M        1
BGM, Beginning of message                     M        1
DTM, Date/time/period                         M        9
CUX, Currencies                               C        1

--- Segment Group 1 ------------------------- M       99 -------+
NAD, Name and address                         M        1        |
--- Segment Group 2 ------------------------- C        9 ------+|
CTA, Contact information                      M        1       ||
COM, Communication contact                    C        9       ||
---- ----------------------------------------------------------++

--- Segment Group 3 ------------------------- C        9 -------+
RFF, Reference                                M        1        |
DTM, Date/time/period                         C        9        |
---- -----------------------------------------------------------+

--- Segment Group 4 ------------------------- M     9999 -------+
LIN, Line item                                M        1        |
--- Segment Group 5 ------------------------- C      999 ------+|
CCI, Characteristic/class id                  M        1       ||
CAV, Characteristic value                     C       10       ||
MEA, Measurements                             C       10       ||
---- ----------------------------------------------------------+|
--- Segment Group 6 ------------------------- C     9999 ------+|
IRQ, Information required                     M        1       ||
PIA, Additional product id                    C       10       ||
IMD, Item description                         C       10       ||
MEA, Measurements                             C       10       ||
NAD, Name and address                         C       10       ||
PGI, Product group information                C        9       ||
DTM, Date/time/period                         C        5       ||
--- Segment Group 7 ------------------------- C       10 -----+||
PRI, Price details                            M        1      |||
RNG, Range details                            C        1      |||
---- ---------------------------------------------------------+++
UNT, Message trailer                          M        1