PROINQ Product inquiry

TBG1 Supply Chain

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.


Max use
  1. 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 16B 0051 UN

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. Segment group 1
    Repeat 99
    1. 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.

    2. Segment group 2
      Repeat 9
      1. A segment to identify a person or department, and their function, to whom communications should be directed.

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

  6. Segment group 3
    Repeat 9
    1. A segment identifying the reference by its number and where appropriate a line number within the document.

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


Max use
  1. Segment group 4
    Repeat 9999
    1. A segment specifying the inquiry request line and if available, the identification of the product or service for which the inquiry is being made.

    2. Segment group 5
      Repeat 999
      1. A segment to identify a product characteristic and/or the characteristic name and characteristic relevance for the business process.

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

      3. 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.

    3. Segment group 6
      Repeat 9999
      1. 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.

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

      3. 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.

      4. A segment specifying the physical measurements for a product.

      5. 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.

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

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

      8. Segment group 7
        Repeat 10
        1. A segment to specify the price type and amount, e.g. proposed purchase price, suggested retail price, etc.

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

  2. 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.

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