EDI Logistics: Mostly Used Transactions
EDI for logistics and transportation brings a big advantage of automated processing of high volumes of business documents that is time-consuming and almost errorless. Staff can now focus on more important strategic tasks rather than on routine operations. In general, this all makes the customer service more productive and business more profitable.
As it was already mentioned, EDI for transportation allows saving time and money on high-volume operations such as data entry in enterprise system as well as reduce errors. Also, those logistics companies who are already EDI capable have a big advantage in working with partners who are also using EDI. However, companies aiming to implement EDI are also on the right way to profitable cooperation in the industry.
Today we continue to speak about EDI for transportation, and below give you a list of common EDI transactions (electronic documents) in transport industry.
- 204 – Motor Carrier Load Tender:This transaction set is used when the shipper (or third-party logistics) sends document to the carrier to request a pickup for shipment.
- 210 – Freight Details and Invoice:This transaction is sent by the carrier to the customer (or third party) in a role of an invoice (payment) for service, with charges details.
- 211 – Bill of Lading:This transaction is sent by the shipper (or third-party logistics) to the carrier in order to give Bill of Lading information pertinent to a shipment.
- 212 – Delivery Trailer Manifest:This EDI document is sent by the carrier to the consignee or other interested parties with information about contents of a trailer with multiple shipments tendered for delivery.
- 214 – Shipment Status Message:This EDI document is sent by the carrier to the shipper or to the consignee providing actual information about shipments (times, dates, locations, routes etc.).
- 820 – Payment Order/Remittance Advice:Is sent by the payer/shipper/third-party to the carrier to provide information on remittance/payment.
- 990 – Response to the Load Tender:The transaction is used by motor carriers to indicate whether the carrier will pick up a particular shipment previously offered by the shipper. This EDI document is automatically generated as a response for 204 – Motor Carrier Load Tender transaction.
- 997 – Functional Acknowledgement: Functional Acknowledgement is sent as a response to each transaction set to confirm the acceptance of the mentioned transaction by shipper, carrier or payee. This is an acknowledgement that the party (any of parties involved) received the data sent.
It should be mentioned that many EDI transactions used in transportation industry differ from those ones in other industries (usually by names and also meaning).
To learn more about EDI and become a certified EDI Professional please visit our course schedule page.