EDI 754 - Routing Instructions


Buyers use the EDI 754 Routing Instructions document as a response to the supplier’s EDI 753 document. The information included in the routing instructions gives approval for shipment and the necessary shipment information.

The 754 Routing Instructions is often required by buying organizations that have taken control of their inbound transportation process in order to reduce transportation rates and better control their inventory. The buyer, rather than the supplier, plans shipping and controls the relationship with the carrier.

The EDI 754 is also called EDI Routing Instructions and x12 754 Routing Instructions.

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Benefits of using the EDI 754 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 754 Routing Instructions


Carrier information


Pick up date and time


Number of trailers provided

Popular retailers that use the EDI 754 include:

Common issues regarding EDI 754

In response to the EDI 754, 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.

The routing 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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