Implementation of the e-CMR and Cartas de Porte by AndSoft
AndSoft, a European company expert in software development for transport and logistics companies, and TransFollow, a European standard e-CMR platform, today signed a collaboration agreement for the pioneering implementation of e-CMR in a Transport and Logistics TMS.
Víctor Vilas, Business Development Director of AndSoft, explained the benefits of this new integration: «The electronic CMR (e-CMR) is proven to save time, costs and provides greater security and traceability, both for the carrier and for the loader. AndSoft allows the digital reading (QR Codes) of the signatures of the transporter and of the consignee of the load. This will be done shortly through AndSoft’s APP. TransFollow is the most developed and reliable standard on the market. This solution will be ready for our customers in the coming weeks.
Moritz Rössler, Sales & Integration Consultant International of TransFollow, said: «AndSoft is the most attractive technology partner that has integrated our system to date. Not only because of its innovative, flexible and scalable concept of the TMS structure for its customers, but also because of its consolidated international dimension. This agreement culminates several months of work by our technical teams and will be a milestone in the industry.
TransFollow makes the domestic Spanish freight documents (Cartas de Porte) and CMRs digital, giving visibility to all participants in the chain (loader, carrier and recipient) from just one integrated platform. Its implementation allows significant savings in administrative management and prevents litigation due to errors, lack of data or discrepancies. In this way, it is possible to keep track of any process or incident. The very conception of signature processes makes it unmanipulable and can act as a trusted third party in transport processes. Its greatest added value is the integration with the management systems (TMS) of transport and logistics companies.
120 Million Cartas de Porte and 70 Million CMRs are issued annually in Spain.
The CMR is an International Convention on the Contract for the Carriage of Goods by Road, established in 1956. It regulates the documentation of each freight through what is called «control documents» (Bill of Lading for national traffic, CMR for international). The IRU, in 1971, designed a model of Freight Forwarding/ CMR adjusted to the CMR convention, which, due to its simplicity, quickly spread and is the one commonly used in Europe in international transport. In Spain 120 Million Cartas de Porte and 70 Million CMRs are issued annually. Until now, the consignment note was only issued in written form. However, currently the electronic consignment note (e-CMR) is contemplated in the Law and since 2011 has full mercantile value in Spain.