Routing Instructions

EDI Document 754

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What is an routing instruction document?

A buyer will use an ANSI X12 754 document as a response to the suppliers EDI 753 document. The information included in the routing instructions gives approval for shipment and the necessary shipment information.

This document is in the ANSI X12 EDI standard, used in North America. There is no directly analogous EDIFACT document in the ISO standard which is used in Australia, Europe etc, with this information generally included in the ASN and PO/POA documents.

The data elements included in an EDI 754:

  • Carrier information
  • Pick up date and time
  • Number of trailers provided

Popular retailers that use the EDI 754 include:

These retailers are North American, and Australian suppliers requiring EDI connection with these companies can connect easily and efficiently through SPS Commerce.


The benefit of the 754 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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