EDI 753

Request for Routing Instructions


What is an EDI 753?

EDI 753, also known as a Request for Routing Instructions, is sent from a supplier to a buyer, such as a retailer or distributor. This EDI transaction code is used in situations where the buyer, rather than the supplier, is controlling their inbound transportation process. 

EDI 753 documents follow the x12 format set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a not-for-profit organization that regulates EDI formats in the U.S. 

What are the Essential Components of EDI 753?

Request for Routing Instructions transaction sets need to include specific details about the relevant shipment. These include: 

  • Shipment details like weight, dimensions, and number of cartons/pallets 
  • Quantity and description of products 
  • Pickup location, date, and time 
  • Routing control number 

How do I Use EDI 753?

EDI 753 is used when a buyer, such as a retailer or distributor, wants to have control over their incoming shipments, freight booking, and inventory—rather than relying on a supplier for delivery. When the supplier is ready with a shipment, they send the EDI 753 document to the buyer, which contains all the information the buyer will need to tender the load to a carrier. The buyer can then contract a carrier, who will pick up the goods from the supplier and deliver them to the receiving destination.

EDI 753 may be sent at any time before the requested pickup date on the EDI 850 Purchase Order but is always sent in advance of the requested shipping date. To confirm receipt of the EDI 753 document, the buyer will respond with an EDI 997 Functional Acknowledgement. They will also send back an EDI 754 Routing Instructions document, confirming the shipment details and providing information on the carrier who will be picking up the shipment. 

Many major retailers and distributors use EDI 753, including Amazon, Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and JC Penny’s.


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What are the Benefits of EDI 753?

Using EDI 753 gives buyers such as retailers greater control over their incoming inventory, while helping to decrease transportation costs. For suppliers, working with retailers that use EDI 753 means that they don’t need to send shipments via their own carriers, which saves both time and money. 

Because EDI 753 can be fully automated, it eliminates the need for time-consuming manual data entry. Integrated EDI software pulls the necessary data directly from other EDI documents and internal systems to ensure data accuracy, which prevents miscommunications, delivery errors or shipment discrepancies. Additionally, EDI software providers often use security protocols and other methods to keep business details in EDI documents safe, making this a more secure option than a paper, faxed, or emailed Request for Routing Instructions.