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France-Spanish border goes electronic

[ January 20, 2017   //   ]

The first ever border crossing to use electronic consignment notes between Spain and France has taken place, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). The e-CMR version of the traditionally paper based CMR consignment note will allow transport operators to input electronically, store logistics information and exchange data, in real time. IRU says that the timely recording of data means that agencies instantly receive information on the goods being transported, so any required subsequent actions, such as initiating legal processes, invoicing or even accident response procedures, happen faster and at less cost. France acceded to the e-CMR protocol in December and other countries that have already joined include Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.