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LUXEMBOURG, GD: April 20, 2018. Luxembourg and the Netherlands have followed Spain and France in accepting the shipper’s electronic consignment document (e-CMR) for cross-border road transport.

Luxembourg secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Camille Gira, signed the first e-CMR during the country’s annual Supply Chain Day on April 19 to enable local trucker Arthur Welter carry air cargo shipments on behalf of Cargolux to Amsterdam, Schiphol.

Arthur Welter“By using electronic consignment notes, logistics companies and their customers can significantly reduce administrative and environmental costs that relate to the 400 million e-CMR that are issued on an annual basis within the European Community,” declared Gira (middle of picture).

“In practice 166,000 trees, 15,000 pallets and 600 trucks of paper CMR can [also] be saved. Assuming €4.50 for each e-CMR, this would mean an efficiency gain of €1.8 billion for the European Union,” he continued.

According to Patrick Silverio, LuxairCargo’s manager Special Services, his company handled 200,000 CMRs last year that had to be signed, stamped and archived - a time-consuming exercise that will be “highly reduced” now.

“In practice transport orders are received from our customers in a digital data format and transmitted to the driver,” noted René Gloden, Arthur Welter Chief Administration Officer: “Consignor, driver and consignees use their smart phones for secure digital signatures. The e-CMR solution of DashDoc, currently establishing its office in Luxembourg, stores all data in a central database that can [now] be accessed by each party.”

Arthur Welter was founded in 1962 and operates a fleet of 350 trucks throughout Europe plus 65 nationally. It remains the only sizeable Luxembourg trucking company that is family-owned.

Malik Zeniti, director of the country’s Cluster for Logistics association added: “This is an important step for the Luxembourg hub allowing a stronger data integration of records driving digitization in the transport and supply chain sector. It positions the Benelux at the head of Europe facilitating movements of goods with electronic consignment notes thus accelerating their acceptance throughout Europe.”

More information: Cluster for Logistics

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