Digitalisation has potential to ease trade post Brexit: IRU

From the January 2020 issue.

The digital version of the United Nations Convention for the carriage of goods via road, the e-CMR protocol, is an ideal solution to facilitate truck movements between the UK and the European Union after Brexit according to the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

Last month, the UK became the 24th country to ratify e-CMR protocol which is reported to offer lower costs, faster administrative processes and greater transparency.

"The UK’s decision to ratify the e-CMR protocol results from the joint advocacy efforts of IRU together with its UK members, the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association," said IRU Director of Advocacy, Matthias Maedge.

"This move comes at a crucial moment and will go a long way towards overcoming the potential barriers to trade arising from Brexit. The implementation of e-CMR will allow the road transport sector to continue doing what it does best – serving businesses and communities," he said.

The e-CMR protocol enables transport operators and drivers to use an electronic version of the traditionally paper-based CMR consignment note. Users benefit from significantly reduced administration costs, huge time savings and increased supply chain visibility, with real-time insights available for all business partners.

As part of its overall strategy to move towards paperless road transport, IRU will continue to work closely with its members to ensure that the road transport sector reaps the benefits of e-CMR, as fast as possible and on a global scale.

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