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Turkey’s accession to e-CMR opens major digital corridor

6 Feb 2018

Starting with e-CMR and digital TIR, Turkey joins neighbouring countries to establish a corridor for the digitalisation of road transport between Asia and Europe. 

Strategically located for global trade as a key transit hub between East and West, Turkey is the newest country to opt for digital consignment notes, with its accession to the e-CMR protocol.

The decision follows last year’s successful pilot project on digital TIR operations between Turkey and Iran, and marks a significant step forward for the wider global adoption of digital transport and logistics systems – including for customs transit.

Offering advantages of reductions in costs via faster and more transparent data input and exchange, Turkey’s commitment to e-CMR consolidates ongoing wider regional efforts. 

Greece launched a national pilot operation in 2017 with the goal of further expansion. Romania has recently stepped up momentum towards accession, while Bulgaria – which has already acceded to the additional protocol – hopes to operationalise e-CMR soon. Iran’s accession was announced last November, and the Russian and Moldovan governments have recently passed decrees on joining e-CMR.

As one of the world leaders in transport and logistics, Turkey recognises that e-CMR will support the efficiency of logistic chains to enable the flow of goods to be streamlined and more secure.


Karen Mazzoli 
Senior Manager, Media and Communications, IRU 
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