Request for Routing Instruction

EDI Document 753

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What is an routing instruction request?

An EDI 753 document is required by a buyer because they coordinate their inbound shipping process. A supplier will send the routing instruction request to the buyer usually 48 to 72 hours prior to pickup in order receive instructions about shipping. Then the buyer will organize the transportation or carrier in order to pick up and drop off the products in the correct locations.

The data elements included in an EDI 753:

  • Weight of load(s)
  • Quantity of goods
  • Pick up date and time
  • Location of pickup
  • Routing control number

Popular retailers that use the EDI 753 include:


The benefit of the 753 request for routing document allows the buyer to control their inventory and decrease their transportation costs. Being in control of the distribution of products to their warehouses allows the buying company to distribute products more efficiently.

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Here’s a long list of EDI transactions commonly used in retail.

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