Load tendering is a business process where a shipper request transportation of a shipment of goods to multiple carriers.
Load tenders start with a tender request (or load tender) from a shipper to one or several carriers. The load tender includes 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 tender.
After delivery, the carrier invoices the shipper to be paid for their transportation services.
To simplify this process, we chose to restrict the “Load tendering“ business scenario to three key steps:
- Load tender
- Response to a Load tender
- 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 messages.
If you're a carrier, you're receiving a load tender, sending a response to your load tender and several shipment status messages
We created three examples transactions that can be used for this business scenario:
- Motor Carrier Load tender (204)
- Response to a Load Tender (990)
- Transportation Carrier Shipment Status Message (214)
These examples can be used as a mapping exercise to build your first integration.