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Digital consignment notes for road feeder services in Luxembourg

Luxembourg has gone digital for road feeder services after the first electronic consignment note was processed for road feeder services by Arthur Welter on behalf of Cargolux Airlines between Luxembourg Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

As of March this year, Luxembourg authorised the use of digital consignment notes for road transport after the adoption of the UNECE e-CMR protocol addition and also participates in a Benelux e-CMR project.

The signing took place during the annual Luxembourg Supply Chain Day at the Cargo Center of LuxairCARGO at Luxembourg Airport.

Luxembourg Secretary of State of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Camille Gira said: “By using electronic consignment notes, logistics companies and their customers can significantly reduce administrative and environmental costs that relate to the 400 million e-CMR that are issued on an annual basis within the European Community.

“In practice, 166.000 trees, 15.000 pallets and 600 trucks of paper CMR can be saved. Assuming a saving of 4.5 Euro for each e-CMR, this would mean an efficiency gain of 1.8 billion of Euro for the European Union.”

LuxairCARGO manager of special services cargo, Patrick Silverio added: “In 2017, the Cargo Center of the airport operated by LuxairCARGO registered about 200.000 CMR.

“Document treatment, signing, stamping and archiving are definitively a time-consuming factor, which with the e-CMR will be highly reduced.”

Trucking company Arthur Welter is also looking forward to the change and chief administration officer, René Gloden said in practice, transport orders are received from customers in a digital data format and transmitted to the driver.

He added: “Consigner, driver and consignees use their smart phones for secure digital signatures. The e-CMR solution of DashDoc, currently establishing its office in Luxembourg, stores all data in a central database that can be accessed by each party.”

Cargolux Airlines manager for projects and business process management global logistics, Ronny Claes said the move is a step forward.

“The digital integration of road transport information within our systems will lead to enhanced transparency and visibility for our customers. An important competitive advantage, not to be neglected,” added Claes.