Digitisation of transport documents approaching? The European Parliament Committee has adopted new legislation.

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Digitisation of transport documents approaching? The European Parliament Committee has adopted new legislation.

The TRAN Committee this week adopted a report by Hungarian MEP Andor Deli on Electronic Freight Transport Information (eFTI). The new law aims to speed up the digitisation of freight transport by creating an electronic platform where companies and authorities will exchange information on-road operations. How does it relate to the eCMR, which a total of 24 countries in Europe have adopted?

We have laid the foundations for the digitisation of freight transport in Europe. The use of electronic documents will make a significant contribution to reducing bureaucracy and simplifying administrative procedures for both authorities and our companies,” said MEP Andor Deli, author of the eFTI report after the EP and the EU Council have reached agreement on the matter. 

“This agreement provides solutions to make the ever-growing flow of goods in the EU more efficient and reliable. By modernising transport in the EU, we are not only meeting the challenges of the sector but also improving the functioning of the internal market,” said Deli.

The eFTI is part of the third “Europe on the move” package, which is in line with the Low Carbon Mobility Strategy and the two Mobility Packages. The package aims to modernise the European transport system.

How does eFTI relate to eCMR?

We asked the author of the report, MEP Andor Deli, how the EFTI platform will relate to the e-CMR that many EU countries have adopted. 

The eFTI Regulation introduces new platforms for the provision of information which are covered by the Regulation. e-CMR is not covered by this scope but may overlap with information on the platform. Namely, the data contained in the e-CMR and the information required by the competent authorities to demonstrate compliance with the regulatory information requirements may be identical,” informs the office of the MEP.

“In this case, e-CMR can play an important role as proof of compliance. On the other hand, the platform currently used for electronic waybills can be certified as an eFTI platform, provided that it meets the requirements set out in the Regulation. In this case, we have a universal platform that can be used in both e-CMR and eFTI,” explains Andor Deli’s office.

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