Slovenia to use electronic consignment note e-CMR

With e-CMR handling costs can be up to three to four times less expensive

Slovenia to use electronic consignment note e-CMR

Slovenia becomes the twelfth country to accede to e-CMR (the electronic consignment note) – paving the way for easier and more efficient shipment of goods, facilitating trade and preparing for fully digital road transport operations.

IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, says “Mobility is all about being connected through an efficient and environmentally-friendly system. The future of mobility is digital and Slovenia’s accession to e-CMR is an important new milestone for innovation. We trust it will encourage other countries to join. The more countries using it, the more appealing the system becomes and the greater the common benefit.”

Rules for transporting goods internationally are covered by the United Nations Convention for the carriage of goods, the CMR (Convention relative au contrat de transport international de Marchandises par Route). Transport operators, drivers and those receiving shipments use a CMR consignment note, which contains information about the shipped goods and the transporting and receiving parties. Until recently, CMR notes were only issued in paper form.

In February 2008, a protocol was added to the CMR Convention concerning the use of the electronic consignment note. This protocol entered into force on 5 June 2011, and to date twelve countries have acceded including: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland.

The paper based CMR consignment note is an official document on shipments between senders and transporters. It provides a paper trail of the logistics transfer and is an essential document held by the driver of the truck in relation to the load carried. With e-CMR, transport operators will be able to input electronically, store logistics information and exchange data, in real time via a mobile phone or tablet.