EDI 211 - Motor Carrier Bill of Lading

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The EDI 211 Motor Carrier Bill of Lading (X12 211) is an electronic version of a paper Motor Carrier Bill of Lading, transmitted from a shipper (or company controlling the shipment) to a carrier. Data shared between the carrier, shipper or consignee in electronic EDI documents falls within what is known as ANSI X12 transaction sets.
These document transaction sets are part of a broad Carrier Notification and Shipment Processing transaction family of EDI documents that support the movement of large commercial goods such as the automotive industry.

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Benefits of using EDI 211 Motor Carrier Bill of Lading

There are benefits to both the shipper and the carrier in the trading of the Motor Carrier Bill of Lading electronically. These can be dependent on how automated and unified the transaction is for both parties. Benefits for those working in the transportation industry include:

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Automation of manual, routine, high volume communications

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Reduction or even elimination of data entry errors by carriers

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The ability for employees can gain more time to focus on more profitable tasks and providing better customer service

The key data elements included in a Motor Carrier Bill of Lading:

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Scheduling information, shipping instructions such as carrier service, shipment/delivery date

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Equipment requirements, quantity and price per item, street address, city, state and zip code

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Freight class, weight, number of pieces, pallets and purchase order numbers

EDI 211 can help with Inventory Management:

Used in Inventory Management protocols typically focusing on the receipt or transfer of product from the seller or warehouse, the addition of the received products to inventory, and the reconciliation of product receipts against a purchase order and bill of lading quantities.

Common issues regarding EDI 211

Typically, a shipper provides a paper manifest to the carrier upon pickup. However, there is an infinite number of ways a company includes data on this document which is why there is quite a few ways:

Discrepancies in manual entries

Are you noticing an increase of incorrect or missing delivery data such as weight, number of items, P.O. number, or other related information?

Delivery address issues

Incorrect or incomplete delivery or final destination address data. Missing carrier information.

Inaccurate billing information

Noticing any missing billing information? This can delay payments.

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