TransFollow rolls out digital consigment notes in France and Spain
At the SITL, yesterday (14-03-2017) in Paris, TransFollow launched the first national digital consignment notes in France and Spain.
The launch follows the successful deployment of the cross-border e-CMR last month which was facilitated by TransFollow and coordinated by IRU members FNTR (Fédération Nationale des TransPorts Routiers) and the ASTIC (Asociación de Transporte Internacional por Carretera)
National consignment notes are used for 65 percent of the nearly two billion tonne-kilometres performed by European hauliers each year across Europe. In Spain, the national consignment note represents 65 percent of goods transport by Spanish hauliers. In France, the national consignment note represents an even greater percentage of over 90 percent.
IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto said,
“With the digitalisation of both national and cross-border consignment notes, we are truly at the beginning of transformation in transport operations. We look forward to more corridors switching to digital systems and new launches in further countries over the coming months, as digital consignment notes bring efficiencies and greater transparency across all transport operations.”
Same as the TransFollow e-CMR, the national note enables transport operators to input information electronically, store logistics reports 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. Any required subsequent actions, happen faster and at less cost.
The efficiencies of going digital facilitate game-changing innovations such as autonomous vehicles. Equally, the move towards digitised documentation reduces the environmental impact of global trade by streamlining processes, using less paper and minimising archival requirements.