AEOLIX will start testing electronic consignment notes (e-CMR) on cross-border transport in the new Living Lab 12 covering Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Romania and Serbia.

The new living lab will be led by AEOLIX partner IRU who facilitated the involvement of its members BGLCesmad BohemiaOFAESerbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and UNTRR in the involved countries and of the Greek Ministry of Transport into AEOLIX project which includes e-CMR as one of its digital offerings.

By using e-CMR for the trial, the transport operators across the five countries will be able to input electronically, store logistics information and exchange data, in real time via a mobile phone or tablet.

The timely recording of data means that agencies instantly receive information on the goods being transported. Hence, any required subsequent actions, happen faster and at less cost.

e-CMR officially launched in January 2017 after the protocol requesting that CMR could be managed electronically via ‘e-CMR’ was added to the CMR Convention in February 2008. The CMR Convention (full title Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road) is a United Nations convention that relates to various legal issues concerning transportation of cargo by road.

Lina Konstantinopoulou, the AEOLIX project coordinator and Head of Transport and Logistics, Innovation and Deployment at ERTICO – ITS Europe, proudly announced “this Living Lab has been established taking into account the recommendations of the European Commission DG MOVE’s platform called Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) where ERTICO – ITS Europe and a number of its partners are already contributing to build a common vision and road map for digital transport and logistics.”

“e-CMR is the first step towards fully digital transport operations with clear benefits for the transport industry: lower costs and greater transparency. e-CMR must become a standard practice to make logistics more efficient and the AEOLIX project is a key contributor to achieving this goal.” said Iraklis Stamos, IRU and Living Lab 12 leader.

The piloting of cross-border e-CMR is in line with the European Commission’s vision of the future of logistics with the recently published third Mobility Package including a legislative proposal on e-documents for transport.

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