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Transform Your Logistics Supply Chain 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:


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Commport EDI

Commport's EDI software provides a comprehensive suite of tools for managing and processing EDI transactions, including mapping, translation, and validation of electronic documents. The software is compatible with a wide range of EDI standards, from Custom Flat Files, to ANSI X12, EDIFACT, and XML.

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Commport Cloud EDI

Whether you are just getting started in the world of Electronic Data Interchange or you have low-volume data exchange needs, Commport’s Cloud EDI offers, automation and control to organizations looking to automate their fulfillment processes and become EDI compliant, it is an economical solution, that is easy to use.

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Commport VAN

Commport's VAN facilitates the exchange of information electronically between trading partners. Our VAN acts as a single communications link to multiple trading partners. It enables business documents to be transmitted electronically between a diverse group of organizations, nationally and internationally.

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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:

  • Exporters
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Customs Broker
  • Customs Officer
  • Shipping agents/NVOCCs
  • 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:

  • Invoice
  • Packing List
  • 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:

  • Cargo Manifest
  • Discharge List
  • Transport Order (Cargo Haulers)
  • Customs Control (inspection, collection)
  • Declaration of Dangerous Goods
  • Equipment Interchange Receipt (EIR)

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Common EDI X12 Transaction Codes Used in Logistics Industries

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
Grocery Products Purchase Order Change
EDI 250
Purchase Order Shipment Management Document
EDI 601
U.S. Customs Export Shipment Information
EDI 602
Transportation Services Tender
EDI 714
Intermodal Group Loading Plan
EDI 920
Loss or Damage Claim - General Commodities
EDI 990
Accept or Decline 204 Shipment



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