That is why the main advantage of everyone (shipper, carrier, and customer) using e-CMR is that everybody has the same real-time information online, instantly and no documents can get lost. Linked to this, companies can automate their processes based on delivery confirmation. Each individual company doesn’t need to enter the information manually anymore.
“Finally, by eliminating paper management, every stakeholder can reduce costs”, adds Andreea. “Companies don’t have to check what they got back and can avoid disputes on issues from weeks ago, as everything is in real-time.”
The role of GS1
As customers do not want to manage several e-CMR platforms from their different suppliers and carriers, we must investigate how it is feasible for them. That is why GS1 Belgilux launched this pilot project to investigate the requirements for everyone in the supply chain and to establish standards, without reinventing the wheel. As one of the early adopters, AB InBev is really convinced that e-CMR is the future. The role of GS1 now, is to bring together all these stakeholders and enabling interoperability for everyone by defining specific e-CMR standards, based on the work that already has been done in the past (e.g., Dataset of UN/CEFACT).
Today, there is already the electronic freight transport information (e-FTI) regulation from the EU, that states that countries must accept digital transport documents by 2025. Nevertheless, the e-CMR is not included in this regulation, as the e-CMR is UN regulated.