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Hauliers can use electronic consignment notes from 17 March

15 January 2020


eCMR an optional paperless alternative to CMR notes which can streamline haulage and reduce administrative burdens

Hauliers will be able to use eCMR - an electronic way to meet the requirements of the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR) - from 17 March 2020.

The option of electronic consignment notes is an alternative to, rather than a replacement for, the paper notes that are presently used.

eCMR has the potential to reduce burdens on hauliers, with benefits including:

  • reducing administrative cost
  • less friction at borders
  • a greater awareness of real time movements
  • additional data such as exact time stamps and vehicle geolocation

To use eCMR, logistics companies will need to use eCMR software, while all parts of the logistics chain (consignor, consignee and haulier) will all need access to the software.

Digital consignment notes are expected to be mandatory by 2026.

Find more information on eCMR on the International Road Transport Union website.