EDI 753 - Request for Routing Instructions

Suppliers can request EDI 753 from buyers if it has not been provided. They can request routing instructions and general information about the merchandise being shipped. Buyers typically send this to suppliers to coordinate shipping with carriers.

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Benefits of using the EDI 753 Request for Routing Instructions


Improves accuracy of data


Improves operating efficiencies through the elimination of manual processes


Facilitates routing process automation


Allows the buyer to control their inventory and decrease their transportation costs

Key data elements included in an EDI 753 Request for Routing Instructions


Weight of load(s)


Quantity of goods


Location of pickup


Pick up date and time


Routing control number

Popular retailers that use the EDI 753 include:

Common issues regarding EDI 753


Items listed on the EDI 753 must be related to a purchase order (EDI 850).


Once the EDI 753 is confirmed, the retailer will send an EDI 754 Routing Instructions back to the supplier. Then the supplier sends an advance ship notice (EDI 856) before the shipment reaches the trading partner, and its details must match those of the EDI 753 and 754.


This process generally has a limited time window — as little as 24 hours prior to shipment. Failure to respond quickly within the established time window or follow partner requirements can result in significant chargebacks and lowered scorecard results.

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