Already the 27th country has acceded to the CMR Convention concerning the electronic consignment note. Ukraine ratified e-CMR less than a month after Norway.
The Ukrainian government ratified the e-CMR, thus becoming the 27th country to officially commit to the implementation of electronic consignment notes, reports the International Road Transport Union (IRU). The transition from paper to digital documents in transport will improve the efficiency and safety of goods transport.
Given Ukraine’s strategic location, the use of e-CMR in this country will stimulate trade by improving the efficiency of national and international logistics, stresses the IRU. The use of e-CMR will also speed up Ukraine’s recovery from the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as it can significantly lower transport costs and reduce physical contact between drivers and customers.
The relevant regulation on transport changes allowing for the implementation of e-CMR has already entered into force in Ukraine on 12 July 2019. Since then, as reported by the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure at the time, the exchange of electronic transport documents can be carried out using tools available on the market, for example ￼M.E.Doc. However, paper consignment notes will continue to be a fully-fledged form of documentation.