Transform Your Logistics Business with Supply Chain Solutions from Commport 

Commport Communications has been providing various supply chain solutions to logistics industries for over 3 decades. Some of our solutions include EDI, VAN, GDSN, Business analytics, and specialized integration solutions.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) has been an important technology in logistics operations for decades. Instead of relying on a traditional, time-consuming paper-based process, Logistics companies use EDI solutions to exchange data and documents digitally across the globe.

According to the latest research EDI help Logistics companies to save up to 70% in document processing costs and up to 30% faster delivery times to customers. 

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Benefits of EDI in the Freight and Logistics Industry

Some of the world's biggest logistics firms, including DHL, UPS, FedEx, and Maersk Line, harness EDI to unlock benefits like:

Faster Communication and Low Operating Costs

Instead of relying on faxes or phone calls, firms can use EDI to send/receive EDI messages in minutes. By eliminating paper-based system you save thousands of dollars for your business.

Reduce Document Processing Errors

Using EDI, firms can automatically track every transaction at every stage in the supply chain. By eliminating manual data entry, you reduce processing errors and delays

Better Workforce Management

By eliminating manual data entry, you can free up time for your employees and reallocate the resources to other productive tasks and improve overall operational efficiency.

Access information in Real-time

Using EDI in the shipping industry is considered a boon in many ways. One of them is accessing real-time information. This helps avoid delays in sending or receiving documents. 

Supply Chain Solutions for Logistics Industry

Specialized Integration

Commport's team of highly qualified and experienced IT professionals will help you  synchronize information technology (IT), business cultures and objectives to align with your business strategy and goals.


Value Added Network

Commport facilitates the exchange of information electronically between you and your trading partners through our VAN. Our VAN is a key component of EDI, acting as a single communications link to multiple trading partners.


Global Data Synchronization Network

Commport's GDSN Solution provides businesses with a complete range of data pool options.  Our team will help determine the best solutions for your immediate business needs while laying a foundation for future growth. 


Electronic Data Interchange

Commport's EDI Solution offers functionality, automation and control to organizations looking to automate their fulfillment processes and become EDI compliant.


Logistics Chain Operations in Shipping Industry

Here is the list of logistics chain operations that use EDI in shipping industry. In other words, this is how the data will flow in a normal day-to-day operation in the shipping industry,

  1. Exporters
  2. Freight Forwarders
  3. Customs Broker
  4. Customs Officer
  5. Shipping agents/NVOCCs
  6. Port Operators


Exporters or manufacturers may use an EDI system with EDI ANSI X12 standard to receive incoming EDI 850 purchase orders.

Freight Forwarders

As mentioned, freight forwarders prepare shipping documents. Immediately, the 3 shipping documents that come to mind are: –

  1. Invoice
  2. Packing List
  3. House Bill of Lading

Freight Forwarders use the EDI systems in place to submit a cargo manifest. 

Customs Broker

A customs broker is an intermediary between the customs officer and cargo owners or freight forwarders. They are tasked with submitting custom declarations for any item imported or exported to and from the country.

Customs Officer

The Customs officers receive the information transmitted by the customs broker and the freight forwarder. Then customs officer uses the transmitted EDI information in order to run risk assessments on the cargo transported.

Shipping Agents/NOVCCs

Shipping Agents and NVOCCs submit shipping manifests to port operators and customs officers

Port Operators

Port Operators are the ones that receive the vessels. While the systems in place for each country to transmit data are different, the data required itself is similar in any type of port. The information in question may include: –

  1. Cargo Manifest
  2. Discharge List
  3. Transport Order (Cargo Haulers)
  4. Customs Control (inspection, collection)
  5. Declaration of Dangerous Goods
  6. Equipment Interchange Receipt (EIR)

Common EDI X12 Transaction Codes Used in Logistics Industry


EDI X12 Transaction Number

EDI Transaction Name / Document Type

EDI 104

Air Shipment Information

EDI 106

Motor Carrier Rate Proposal

EDI 107

Request for Motor Carrier Rate Proposal

EDI 108

Response to a Motor Carrier Rate Proposal

EDI 110

Air Freight Details and Invoice

EDI 204

Motor Carrier Load Tender

EDI 210

Motor Carrier Freight Details and Invoice

EDI 211

Motor Carrier Bill of Lading

EDI 212

Motor Carrier Delivery Trailer Manifest

EDI 213

Motor Carrier Shipment Status Inquiry

EDI 214

Transportation Carrier Shipment Status Message

EDI 215

Motor Carrier Pick-up Manifest

EDI 216

Motor Carrier Shipment Pick-up Notification

EDI 217

Motor Carrier Loading and Route Guide

EDI 218

Motor Carrier Tariff Information

EDI 240

Motor Carrier Package Status

EDI 250

Purchase Order Shipment Management Document

EDI 601

U.S. Customs Export Shipment Information

EDI 602

Transportation Services Tender

EDI 715

Intermodal Group Loading Plan

EDI 920

Loss or Damage Claim - General Commodities

EDI 990

Accept or Decline the 204 Shipment

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