EDI 856 Advance Ship Notice (ASN) - ANSI X12

EDI 856 (ASN) Specification:

This X12 Transaction Set contains the format and establishes the data contents of the Ship Notice/Manifest Transaction Set (856) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment. The transaction set can be used to list the contents of a shipment of goods as well as additional information relating to the shipment, such as order information, product description, physical characteristics, type of packaging, marking, carrier information, and configuration of goods within the transportation equipment. The transaction set enables the sender to describe the contents and configuration of a shipment in various levels of detail and provides an ordered flexibility to convey information. The sender of this transaction is the organization responsible for detailing and communicating the contents of a shipment, or shipments, to one or more receivers of the transaction set. The receiver of this transaction set can be any organization having an interest in the contents of a shipment or information about the contents of a shipment.

EDI 856 Advance Ship Notice(ASN):

The EDI 856 transaction is more commonly called the Advance Ship Notice or ASN. It is utilized to electronically communicate the contents of a shipment to another trading partner. It is sent in advance of a shipment arriving at the other trading partner’s facility.

The 856 transaction is commonly used by the retail, manufacturing and automotive industries in response to EDI 850, EDI 830, or EDI 862 transactions.

In addition to detailing the contents of a shipment, the EDI 856 transaction includes order information, descriptions of products, types of packaging used, carrier information and more. An ASN may provide information at a variety of levels, including:

Shipment level information such as tracking numbers and carrier information
Order level information such as purchase order numbers
Item level information including items and quantities
Pack level information including such as barcodes printed on each carton

The EDI 856 may be the most complicated document to implement for suppliers. Each trading partner can have very different requirements, which puts the burden on the supplier to support many different formats. The ASN also becomes a data collection issue because of the volume of data points that must be captured and transmitted back to the trading partner. For example, each carton in a shipment may be assigned a unique barcode identifier that must be transmitted back to the trading partner.

EDI 856 Format:

BSN*14*829716*20111206*142428*0002
HL*1**S
TD1*PCS*2****A3*60.310*LB
TD5**2*XXXX**XXXX
REF*BM*999999-001
REF*CN*5787970539
DTM*011*20111206
N1*SH*1 EDI SOURCE
N3*31875 SOLON RD
N4*SOLON*OH*44139
N1*OB*XYZ RETAIL
N3*P O BOX 9999999
N4*ATLANTA*GA*31139-0020**SN*9999
N1*SF*1 EDI SOURCE
N3*31875 SOLON ROAD
N4*SOLON*OH*44139
HL*2*1*O
PRF*99999817***20111205
HL*3*2*I
LIN*1*VP*87787D*UP*999999310145
SN1*1*24*EA
PO4*1*24*EA
PID*F****BLUE WIDGET
HL*4*2*I
LIN*2*VP*99887D*UP*999999311746
SN1*2*6*EA
PO4*1*6*EA
PID*F****RED WIDGET
CTT*4*30

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