Updated on 12th of June, 2020
Crossing the border paperless in 26 countries
The CMR Convention was drawn up in 1956 by the United Nations with the aim of providing a uniform legal framework for national and international road haulage. The convention has been ratified by most countries in Europe, but also by several countries outside Europe.
The CMR document not only contains the correct information about the cargo, but is also the agreement between the three parties (sender, carrier and receiver). The CMR regulates liability, damage and compensation. The CMR automatically applies to contracts of carriage for international road transport, where the place of receipt and/or the place of delivery is in a participating country.
In February 2008 an additional e-protocol was added to the CMR convention, which entered into force in June 2011. The e-protocol provides a legal framework and standards for the use of electronic means to record the CMR consignment note. Since then, 23 countries have ratified. These countries are: Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Iran, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Tajikistan and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland . (Source: UN)
It is also on the agenda of several countries such as the Italy and Germany.
Transporters in the connected countries can drive across borders paperless using mobile solutions, such as board computers or the TransFollow App. The first cross-border transport between Spain and France using TransFollow’s e-CMR took place in January 2017. This proved that the system worked and is easy to implement and use. Meanwhile, the TransFollow e-CMR solutions are used on a daily growing scale by users.
Besides there are several other initiatives that are testing cross-border transport, such as the AEOLIX project (read more) and the first transport between the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands using the e-CMR has been established (read more).
How about the countries which are not ratified?
Transport on European roads is often cross-border, also to countries that have not been ratified yet. But you can also use the digital consignment note in these countries for your own benefit.
For example, in Germany, where a lot of traffic passes through, you can already drive digitally. Transparency and real-time insights are innovative additions. The digital consignment note enables all parties in the supply chain to see where the goods and the RTI are located. With TransFollow, you as a carrier, shipper or end customer know exactly where the shipment is in Germany and when the delivery is expected. The digital consignment note does not yet have the same status as the paper consignment note. The driver must therefore also carry it with him for the enforcers. (source: Beurtvaartadres)
National consignment notes
TransFollow has been developed by the market, and for the market. This means that TransFollow’s e-CMR platform is continuously developing. In addition to the e-CMR, TransFollow has also made more national consignment notes digitally available. Such as the Dutch AVC, the French Lettre de Voiture and the Spanish Carta de Porte.
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