Norway has ratified the e-CMR protocol, joining the 25 other countries which have already acceded, and completing coverage across Scandinavia.
In place since 2011, e-CMR, the electronic protocol of the standard consignment note under the United Nations Convention for the carriage of goods, will help Norway’s goods transport and logistics sector move to full digitalisation for domestic and international operations. The move is set to boost efficiency and, notably in the current pandemic, reduce physical contact between transport workers and clients, and reduce costs for transport companies.
Using systems based on the e-CMR protocol brings a range of additional benefits for transport companies:
- Handling costs up to four times lower
- Faster administration with reduced data entry, no paper handling, no fax/scan/letter exchanges, and no paper archiving
- Faster invoicing
- Reduction of delivery and reception discrepancies
Norway’s next step is to make the use of e-CMR mandatory and allow compliance with existing road transport legislation. This will also help drive digitalisation, and support economic recovery in Norway and beyond, through faster, more secure and more transparent trade.