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EDI 204: Motor Carrier Load Tender

EDI 204 Definition

The EDI 204 transaction set is used within the transportation and logistics industry by shippers to tender an offer for a shipment to a motor carrier. It serves as a formal invitation to transport goods and includes details such as pickup and delivery locations, shipment dates, equipment requirements, and descriptions of the goods to be transported. The EDI 204 enables efficient communication between shippers and carriers, facilitating the planning and execution of freight transportation.

What is EDI 204 Used for?

Shippers use the EDI 204 to communicate their shipping requirements and tender a load to a motor carrier. The carrier reviews the tender to determine their ability to meet the shipper’s needs and may respond with an EDI 990 Response to a Load Tender, indicating acceptance or rejection of the tender. This exchange of information helps to ensure that both parties agree on the terms of the shipment before it is executed.

Key Elements of EDI 204

An EDI 204 document typically includes key elements to effectively convey load tender information:

Benefits of EDI 204

Utilizing the EDI 204 document offers several advantages:

EDI 204 Document Example

Here’s a simplified example of what an EDI 204 might look like in raw data format:




N1*SH*Shipper Name*1*123 Shipper Street*City*ST*12345

N1*CN*Consignee Name*2*456 Consignee Avenue*City*ST*67890



S5*1*LD*123*PLT*Pickup Location*20241130

LAD*1000*LB*Freight Description*NMFC123


Guide to EDI 204 Terms and Elements:

This example is designed to give a basic understanding of how an EDI 204 document might look, including the types of information it conveys. Remember, the actual implementation might vary based on specific business needs and partnerships.

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Ready to enhance your transportation management with EDI 204? Contact Comparatio today to discover how our EDI solutions can optimize your freight tendering process, improve logistics efficiency, and significantly reduce your operational costs.

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