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SMDG is a non-profit foundation, run by and on behalf of companies and organizations working in the maritime industry, like container terminals, ocean carriers and related companies and organizations.

SMDG develops and promotes UN/EDIFACT EDI-messages for the Maritime Industry and is an official Pan European User Group, recognised by the UN/EDIFACT Board. Since its inception the group has held numerous meetings across the globe. The first was held in London in 1987, since then other locations have included Bremen, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Felixstowe, Antwerp, Genoa, Malmo, Cardiff, New York, Southampton, Helsinki, Salerno, Dubai, and Singapore. The SMDG meetings occur twice yearly in April and October