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EDI 204 Transaction Set: Motor Carrier Load Tender

The EDI 204 transaction set is the Motor Carrier Load Tender. This is used by shippers to tender an offer for a shipment to a full truckload motor carrier. It may be used for creating a new shipment, updating or replacing a shipment, or canceling a shipment. Shippers may include manufacturers, distribution centers, wholesalers, or any other organization that handles and ships goods. A 204 transaction typically provides detailed pick-up and delivery information for a load, usually for a single pick-up location. This may include all or some of the following:
  • Carrier identification information
  • Scheduling information
  • Equipment requirements, such as length of truck required
  • Ship-to location information
  • Contact information for shipment recipient
  • Information on consignees, if relevant
  • Description of goods, including weight and other units of measure
  • Shipping instructions
A carrier will often respond to a 204 transaction with a 990 Response to a Load Tender transaction set, to indicate whether it accepts or declines the offer for the shipment. If the tender is accepted, the carrier will provide 214 Shipment Status Report transactions to inform the trading partner of pick-up and delivery information. The 204 transaction set is only for full-truckload shipments; thus, it is not to be used for providing motor carriers with less-than-truckload bill of lading information. Are you exchanging data with your trading partners in the most efficient and effective manner? Whether you are using a VAN, installed software or other services, let 1 EDI Source help you find savings and improvements in your operation with an EDI Cost Analysis. To see the ROI on your EDI, contact 1 EDI Source today.

EDI 204 Format

ISA*01*0000000000*01*0000000000*ZZ*ABCDEFGHIJKLMNO*ZZ*123456789012345*101127*1719*U*00400*000003438*0*P*> GS*SM*4405197800*999999999*20111219*1747*2100*X*004010 ST*204*0001 B2**XXXX**9999955559**PP B2A*04 L11*NONPRIMARY*OK MS3*XXXX*B**M NTE**FROZEN GOODS SET TO -10d F N1*PF*XYZ CORP*9*9995555500000 N3*31875 SOLON RD N4*SOLON*OH*44139 N7**NONE*********FF****5300 S5*1*CL*27800*L*2444*CA*1016*E L11*9999001947*DO L11*9999670098*CR L11*9999001866*DO L11*9999669887*CR G62*69*20111218 N1*SH*XYZ CORP*9*9991555550000 N2*TERMINAL FREEZER N3*5555 TERMINAL RD N4*CLEVELAND*OH*44023 S5*2*PU*3042*L*312*CA*146*E L11*9999001866*DO L11*9999595358*PO L11*9999669887*CR G62*70*20090728 N1*ST*1 EDI SOURCE*93*9990055555 N3*31875 SOLON RD N4*SOLON*OH*44139 OID*9999669887*99999595358**PC*312*L*3042*E*146 L5**FREIGHT G61*IC*FEEDBACK*EM*FEEDBACK@1edisource.com S5*3*CU*24758*L*2132*CA*870*E L11*9999001947*DO L11*9999008881*PO L11*9999670098*CR G62*70*20111218 N1*ST*1 EDI SOURCE*93*9990055555 N3*55555 5TH AVE N4*MAYFIELD*OH*44244 OID*9999670098*999608881**PC*2132*L*24758*E*870 L5**FREIGHT G61*IC*FEEDBACK*EM*FEEDBACK@1edisource.com L3*27800*G*******1016*E*2444*L SE*46*0001 GE*1*2100 IEA*1*000002104

EDI 204 Specification

This X12 Transaction Set contains the format and establishes the data contents of the Motor Carrier Load Tender Transaction Set (204) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment. This transaction set can be used to allow shippers or other interested parties to offer (tender) a shipment to a full load (truckload) motor carrier including detailed scheduling, equipment requirements, commodities, and shipping instructions pertinent to a load tender. It is not to be used to provide a motor carrier with data relative to a Less-than-Truckload bill of lading, pickup notification, or manifest.


Accredited Standards Committee X12. ASC X12 Standard [Table Data]. Data Interchange Standards Association, Inc., Falls Church, VA. http://www.x12.org

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