Load tendering is a business process where a shipper request transportation of a shipment of goods to multiple carriers.

Steps in the Load Tendering business scenarios

Load tenders start with a tender request (or load tender) from a shipper to one or several carriers. The load tender details schedule information, equipment requirements, and shipping instructions for the shipment.
The carrier can either accept or reject the shipper’s load tender request. After acceptance, carriers then pick up the goods and deliver them as prescribed in the load tendering.
After the delivery, the carrier invoices the shipper to be paid for their transportation services.

Simplified business scenarios

To simplify this process, we chose to restrict the “Load tendering“ business scenario to three key steps: “Load tender“, “Response to a Load tender“ and “Carrier Shipment Status“.

If you're a shipper, you're sending a load tender, receiving a response to your load tender and several shipment status.

If you're a carrier, you're receiving a load tender, sending a response to your load tender and several shipment status.

Examples for Load tendering business scenarios

We created two examples transactions that can be used for this business scenarios:

  • Motor Carrier Load tender (204)
  • Response to a Load Tender (990)
  • Transportation Carrier Shipment Status Message (214)

We explain in detail the structure of the example transactions in JSON (Orderful schema) and in X12 and the content of the example transaction. These examples can be used as a mapping exercise to build your first integration.