Logistics Wordbook

Advanced Shipment Notice (ASN)

Logistics Glossary

Advanced Shipment Notice (ASN) is an EDI term referring to a transaction set (ANSI 856) where the supplier sends out a notification to interested parties that a shipment is now outbound in the supply chain.

In other words, it is a pending Delivery document that include shipment information about the products, quantities, and nature the of shipment.

In most cases ASNs are provided by the third-party logistics (3PL) company making the delivery, and some buyers won’t accept a shipment without them.

What is included in ASN?

Advanced Shipment Notice contains details including shipment date, time, and identification number; packing slip data; freight information; item detail including cumulative received quantities; purchase order number; and returnable container information.

What does a buyer learn from Advanced Shipment Notice?

The purpose of an ASN is to notify the customer when shipping occurs and provide physical characteristics about the shipment so the customer can be prepared to accept delivery.  An ASN also tells the customer which mode of transportation is being used for shipping and provides carrier information.

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