Advanced Shipment Notice (ASN)

An Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) is a document used in the transportation industry to provide advanced notification of a shipment. ASNs are often sent via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), and are formatted according to ANSI 856. This notification is list transmitted to a customer or consignor designating items shipped. The ASN may also include the expected time of arrival.

The purpose of an ASN is to ensure that all parties involved in the shipment (including carriers, receivers, and intermediaries) have the same information about the goods being transported. This helps to prevent errors and delays, and ensures that everyone is on the same page when it comes to shipping schedules and logistics.

An Advanced Shipment Notice (ASN) typically contains the following information:

  • Goods description
  • Quantity
  • Packaging type
  • Country of origin
  • Country of destination
  • Mode of transport
  • Number of packages
  • Date shipped
  • Shipping carrier
  • Contact name
  • Contact phone number
  • Contact email address
  • Hazardous materials (if applicable)

The notice may include additional information like the following examples: Bill of lading, Commercial invoice, Delivery receipt, Waybill.

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