What is an EDI 204?
The EDI 204 is the X12 transaction set for a motor carrier load tender. This t-set is sent from a shipper or consignee to the transportation provider to request a shipment be picked up and routed. It can be used to create a new shipment, update or replace a shipment, or to cancel a shipment for single stop routes or TL (truck load) shipments. It is not to be used to provide a motor carrier with data relative to a Less-than-Truckload (LTL) bill of lading, pickup notification, or manifest.
A 204 transaction should include detailed pick-up and delivery information for a load, such as:
- Carrier identification information
- Vendor information
- Scheduling information
- Shipping instructions
- Ship-to location information
- Equipment requirements (IE: length of truck required)
- Description of goods (IE: weight, units of measure, etc.)
- Information on consignees, if relevant
Benefits of implementing the EDI 204
A 204 EDI document replaces the paper Motor Carrier Load Tender document, allowing a shipper or consignee to offer a shipment to a carrier electronically.
EDI 204 Workflow
The 204 EDI document is transmitted to the carrier by the shipper. Once the 204 is received by the carrier, a 997 (Functional Acknowledgment) is sent back from the carrier indicating that the Motor Carrier Load Tender was successfully received. A 990 (Response to a Load Tender) will be sent back from the carrier to indicate whether the shipment was accepted, rejected, canceled, etc.
EDI 204 Example
ISA|00| |01| |ZZ|A1B2C3D4E5|ZZ|123456789012345|101010|0101|U|00400|000001010|0|P|>
N3|12345 West RD