204 Motor Carrier Load Tender

edi 204 specificationThe EDI transaction 204 refers to the Motor Carrier Load Tender. It communicates a request to a full truckload carrier for the movement of a shipment.

The Tender is usually sent from a retailer, a manufacturer, or a distribution center. However, it can be used by any company that is interested in having goods shipped.

The 204 is typically used for creating a new shipment request, but it can also be used for updating shipment information or canceling a shipment. This EDI transaction is not used for shipments that are less than a full truckload.

The Motor Carrier Load Tender will provide sufficient information for the carrier to understand the requirements of the shipment and their associated costs. The carrier can then determine whether they want to accept the load. The tender provides specifics such as ship-to location, receiver contact information, scheduling, description of the goods to be shipped, and size of the trailer or other equipment requirements.

A carrier will respond to the 204 by issuing a 990 EDI transaction, which is a response to the load tender. The 990 will indicate whether the carrier is accepting or declining the shipment. If the carrier accepts the shipment, then in most cases the carrier will also provide status updates using a 214 Shipment Status EDI message.

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