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EDI 211: Bill of Lading

EDI 211 Definition

The EDI 211 transaction set is used within the transportation and logistics industry to electronically transmit bill of lading information. This document serves as a contract between the shipper and the carrier for the transportation of goods. It provides detailed information about the shipment, including descriptions of the items being shipped, quantities, packaging types, weights, and destination addresses. The EDI 211 is crucial for documenting the terms and conditions of the shipment, as well as for the receipt and handling of goods by the carrier.

What is EDI 211 Used for?

Shippers use the EDI 211 to provide carriers with all necessary details for the transportation of goods. The carrier, in turn, uses this information to plan and execute the shipment, including the preparation of physical bills of lading, if required. The EDI 211 ensures that both parties have a clear and accurate record of the shipment’s details and terms, facilitating efficient and compliant transportation processes.

Key Elements of EDI 211

An EDI 211 document typically includes key elements to effectively convey bill of lading information:

Benefits of EDI 211

Utilizing the EDI 211 document offers several advantages:

EDI 211 Document Example

Here’s a simplified example of what an EDI 211 might look like in raw data format:


BOL*123456789*20241130*Origin Name*Destination Name

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

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

N1*CA*Carrier Name*SCAC*Carrier ID


L5*1*Description of Goods*NMFC*Class*1000*LB

L3*15000*LB*150*CF*Freight Charges


Guide to EDI 211 Terms and Elements:

This example is designed to give a basic understanding of how an EDI 211 document might look, including the types of information it conveys. Remember, the actual implementation might vary based on specific business needs and partnerships.

Elevate Your Bill of Lading Management with Comparatio

Ready to enhance your shipping documentation accuracy with EDI 211? Contact Comparatio today to discover how our EDI solutions can streamline your Bill of Lading process, improve logistical efficiency, and enhance compliance with shipping regulations.

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