Luxembourg goes digital for road feeder services

20 / 04 / 2018

The Luxembourg state has signed-off on the first electronic consignment note (CMR) for a road transport, carried out by Arthur Welter on behalf of Cargolux between the airports of Luxembourg and Amsterdam.

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

The first note was signed off by Luxembourg secretary of state of the ministry of sustainable development and infrastructure, Camille Gira.

“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,” said Gira.

“In practice, 166,000 trees, 15,000 pallets and 600 trucks of paper CMR can be saved.  Assuming a saving of €4.5 for each e-CMR, this would mean an efficiency gain of €1.8bn for the European Union.”

Patrick Silverio, manager special services cargo, LuxairCARGO added: “In 2017, the Cargo Center of the airport operated by LuxairCARGO registered about 200,000 [paper] CMR.  Document treatment, signing, stamping and archiving are definitively a time-consuming factor, which with the e-CMR will be highly reduced”.

For Ronny Claes, manager projects and business process management global logistics at Cargolux Airlines, the switch is a move forward: “The digital integration of road transport information within our systems will lead to enhanced transparency and visibility for our customers."