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A ‘Partner’ in Link is a company or an internal system that sends and/or receives messages through Link. 

In Link, there are two different types of partners: internal and external. An internal partner is an endpoint (typically of an application) within your organization. External partners are the business partners you exchange data with.

You can also label a partner as a "Proxy partner", which is relevant when you are communicating with external partners through a broker or a VANS partner. Read more about this topic in the Proxy partners article.

In this part of the user guide you will learn how to create, manage and search for partners. Partner management is an important part of using Link since many of the vital functionalities that help you achieve a high level of reusability with your integrations are rooted in having an optimized configuration at the partner level. Therefore, we strongly recommend all users read the Partner detail page

One of the most crucial tasks when creating a new partner is to get the identification mechanism right. In many cases, you will have an endpoint that receives documents from many different partners. In this case, Link will determine the sender partner via the content of the document.

There are many different standards used to identify business partners (i, e ., GLN, DUNS, VAT etc.). In Link, these are called "Identification types". It is important to configure your partner identification correctly. Otherwise, Link will be unable to determine who the senders of these documents are. Read more about how to manage this in the Identification types chapter.

Let's get started. Hover your mouse cursor over the Partners menu item on the left side menu to see the available options.

Click on it to open the 'Partner Search' page. From there you can find and edit existing partners, as well as add Partner tags to them.

New Partner

Click on "New Partner" to start creating a new partner. You will be then directed to the 'New Partner' page. 

Import Partners

Click here to import a list of partners from another Link solution. A pop-up will be displayed, allowing you to select a file on your local hard drive and then import it. Read more information about this in the Import and export of configuration article.

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