EDI 204 - Motor Carrier Load Tender

Shippers use the EDI 204 to communicate shipment requests with truckload motor carriers. If there is an update or cancellation of a shipment, this information is provided.

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Benefits of using the EDI 204 Motor Carrier Load Tender


Reduce data entry errors


Provides more accurate data in the Motor Carrier Freight Details and Invoice (EDI 210) and the Transportation Carrier Shipment Status Message (EDI 214).


Improves shipment planning for shippers and carriers.


Helps the carrier understand the requirements of the shipment and its associated costs.

Key data elements included in an EDI 204 Motor Carrier Load Tender

The EDI 204 document typically provides detailed pick-up and delivery information for a load, usually for a single pickup location. Data elements include:




Ship-to location


Receiver contact information


Description of the goods to be shipped


Size of the trailer or other equipment requirements

Common issues regarding EDI 204

Shippers have specific requirements for the EDI 204 document and related workflow. Generally, carriers must send an EDI 990 (Response to a Load Tender) for each EDI 204 within a defined time period. The EDI 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. Shippers generally expect carriers to access and respond to the EDI 204 quickly. Failure to do so can have negative effects on trading partner relationships.

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