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e-CMR via cardswipe

For cross-border transport of containers, it is required to carry a consignment not or CMR waybill. This consignment note must be present at all times with the shipment. During transport, this document can be transferred, checked or edited at various times (see picture below).

cargocard swipe

For a number of years it has been possible to replace the paper version with e-CMR, the digital equivalent of the CMR. The Benelux authorities have certified various parties to digitize the waybill process. These parties thus comply with all legal requirements as set out in the e-CMR protocol. e-CMR can now be used in 31 countries. Since the use of e-CMR will also be permitted in Germany from April 2022, the map for e-CMR is almost completely green in Europe.


The e-CMR has now been put into use in a number of places. As a result, concrete and measurable results are available, including – but not limited to – the following:

Reduction of transaction costs
Thousands of lorries pick up and return containers at the terminals every day. It is estimated that the total transaction costs of the paper CMR are on average € 4.50 per transaction. By applying the E-CMR, these transaction costs within the chain are reduced by 90%. Transporters, terminals and shipping companies see returns increase due to faster transaction processing.

Availability of information
The transport sector is attractive for serious crime such as human and drug smuggling or theft of valuable goods. Digital availability of information ensures that the government’s insight into the logistics process is increased. The benefits of this include:

  • Limiting damage through early identification of various forms of fraud
  • Exception check is possible
  • The control process can partly take place outside the terminal

Next step

Thanks to the digitization of the consignment note, there are opportunities for further innovation to improve the logistics process. Partnerships can solve specific challenges, such as data distribution in the chain. Instead of making all information available to all parties involved, it offers opportunities to share relevant information in a fully targeted manner. This benefits efficiency but above all safety.

Pin codes with which containers are released are known in many places in the chain. Smart solutions between information systems can make this a lot safer. Think of a link between the driver card from the on-board computer, the aforementioned system and the access management system, whereby the driver does not have to enter the pin code, but can pick up ‘his’ container through biometric verification.

Would you like to know more about the advantages and possibilities of the e-CMR in combination with biometric verification? Please fill out the contact form below.

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Partnership Transics and Collect + Go

During the ICT&Logistics fair on 10 and 11 November, Transics and Collect + Go will launch their partnership for e-CMR. More than 800 transporters in the EU can now easily activate the e-CMR process in  their supply chain.

Consignment notes are processed automatically based on the activities of the drivers in their daily workflow. This decreases the handling time at pickup and delivery. The return goods administration and registration of waiting times is also made available for the e-CMR.

Do you want to know more about this partnership? Register via the link below for one of the knowledge sessions in Theater 6 on November 10 at 3:00 PM or Thursday November 11 at 12:15 PM. Together with Gerdrik Pongers (country leader Transics) we present more backgrounds to this innovation.


You can  also visit us in Hall 1 Stand 01.E035 or Stand 01.D032 (Transics).

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e-CMR to be applied from February 2022

We received an update on the application of e-CMR in Germany via the Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz. This update shows that e-CMR can be used from February 2022.

Accession Process

The legislation on e-CMR was published on 17 September. The accession itself has not yet taken place. This formal accession process is expected to be completed by the end of October or during November. A transition period of 90 days from the declaration of membership is expected. For Germany, this currently means that e-CMR will enter into force at the end of January or February 2022.

No additional national regulations apply

Germany has adopted the e-CMR protocol, as it is also used in the 30 other countries that have previously ratified. No additional national regulations apply.
The project of the German Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics shows what a technical solution could look like. Supply chain parties are not obliged to use the software developed by the Fraunhofer Institute.
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e-CMR in Germany

On September 17, 2021, the German parliament ratified the e-CMR protocol. This means that e-CMR can now also be used in Germany. Since Germany accounts for almost half of all cross-border transports, this greatly accelerates the adoption and application of e-CMR. In this article we share more details, including the latest status for ratifications. e-CMR can be applied in 31 countries now.

Can I start right away?

On Friday 17 September, the draft law was approved by the German Federal Council. The official approval and implementation in the German Bundestag is expected soon. This is a formality. Due to the upcoming Bundestag elections on Sunday 26 September, this official ratification may be slightly delayed. This does not alter the fact that the Bundestag decision paves the way for the official use of the digital consignment note in Germany.

Thorough preparation and elaboration

The Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz prepared the e-CMR legislation before it was submitted to the Bundestag (the German parliament). Based on the e-CMR protocol, a thorough analysis has been made of the legal articles and their interpretation for application by companies. Here you will find, for example, instructions for the application of a secure signature.

This legislation has been coordinated with the federal states and employers’ organizations before submission. As a result, there is broad support and the e-CMR protocol can be applied nationally.

Latest status e-CMR ratifications

Below you will find a map with the latest status for e-CMR ratifications. The e-CMR protocol was ratified by 30 countries worldwide and can be applied throughout Europe and neighboring countries.

Source: treaties UN

Lateste ratifications ecmr EU
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e-CMR on the rise among shippers and transporters

Figures from Dutch government organization NIWO show that the use of e-CMR quadrupled in 2020 in the Benelux. This means that digital goods issuance is on the rise among shippers and transporters.
Based on our experience, and in partnership with The Rookie Minds we created the publication ‘8 Insights for digitizing goods issuance’.

With the best practices in this publication we help companies to reduce administrative costs and improve the quality of the issuance process. Below you will find 4 recommendations:

1) Companies that certify their goods issuing process save money and improve the quality of their operation.

2) With digital goods issuance you take data security to a higher level.

3) More than 50% of all transports within the EU can already be handled paperless. Now is a good time to open up the digital issuing desk.

4) Trucks will no longer have to be stopped for inspection. Invest now in a data export function within your ERP or TMS system to enable ‘on the fly’ inspections.

Curious what the other 4 best practices are? Fill in the form below and we will share the full publication.

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e-CMR Academy

The e-CMR Academy was launched at the beginning of April. This program is specially designed to enable organizations to apply e-CMR within a few hours, after setup.
Core users are trained in an online ‘Train-the-Trainer’ session to work with e-CMR. Keynotes:

  • Explanation about e-CMR and the changes in the process
  • Explanation e-CMR application and core functions within Collect + Go, e.g. data management of organizations, users and roles and the application of secure e-signing processes
  • Handling e-CMRs, the “happy flow”
  • Exceptions handling

After completing the Train-the-Trainer session, 5 online coaching sessions of 20 minutes are planned in the first week in which e-CMR is applied in the workplace. During these sessions, it is discussed how the implementation is progressing and where adjustments are needed.

The first shippers and carriers have now participated in the e-CMR Academy.