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A: SOAP stands for Simple Object Access Protocol. It’s a standard protocol for exchanging data with web services.
A: XML stands for extensible markup language. XML is the language used to define the data exchanged between parties using a web service.
A: Estes now offers bill of lading (SOAP), image retrieval (SOAP), pickup request (SOAP), LTL rate quotations (SOAP), shipment tracking (SOAP) and transit times (SOAP). However, we’re very interested in offering other web services. Please contact our Technical Solutions Department for technical questions and suggestions.
A: Estes does not provide code samples. However, you can find sample requests and responses for SOAP web services on the web services information page.
A: Visit our web services information page for helpful information.
A: All web services require a valid My Estes user and password. Go the the My Estes signup form to apply.
A: The BOL number should always appear when associated with a PRO number.
A: Yes. The weight node has a maximum of 8 digits and the pieces node has a maximum of 6 digits.
A: Be sure to set the preemptive authentication.
A: Pass the My Estes username and password in the HTTP header.
A: Error codes are for reference only. All codes are associated with specific error messages. Both the code and message text are included when an error occurs.
A: Our web service doesn't currently offer this functionality; however, if you need pallet rates, please contact your account manager.
A: To get a time-critical rate in addition to LTL, simply include the number of pieces, pieces type and commodity dimensions (length, width, height). If not provided, then the request is assumed to be for an LTL rate quote.
A: Movement history is not yet active. When implemented, it will show the shipment's movement from origin to destination.