Baltic-Nordic countries are planning to create the electronic road consignment note (eCMR)

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2019 07 04

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On 4th July 2019 Lithuanian stakeholders from private and public sector signed a Memorandum of understanding on digitalization of cross-border road freight transportation which aims to foster the process of moving from paper to electronic version of cross-border road consignment note(eCMR) in the Baltic-Nordic region.

“Speed, mobility and flexibility are of utmost importance for the entire transport sector, however about 99 % of cross-border transport operations on the territory of the EU still involve paper-based documents at one stage of the operation or another. 
Therefore, the automation and digitization of the processes are crucial for the development of high value added logistics services. 

It is also very important to reduce barriers to the development of cross-border electronic services in order to adapt public and administrative electronic services to business needs“,- says Lithuania's  Viceminister of Economy and Innovation Elijus Čivilis
Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Heads of Customs Department, State Tax Inspectorate, Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration, National Association of Information and Communication Technologies INFOBALT and Lithuanian National Road Carriers Association LINAVA.

Under the Ministry of Economy and Innovation the working group responsible for the preparation of the implementation plan of the cross- border eCMR between the Baltic and Nordic pilot project will be established. 

This project aims to enable business to optimize processes and integrate activities into a common network of information systems. This initiative comes from the Interreg BSR Digital Innovation Network (DIGINNO) project, which aims to stimulate the digital economy and accelerate the creation of a Single Digital Market in the Baltic-Nordic region.

In 2018 the total added value of the transport sector in Lithuania amounted to € 4.97 billion Eur, which made about 14 percent. country-wide GDP.

Lithuania, together with other Baltic and Nordic partners, aims to become the innovation leader  in the digitization of the EU logistics sector.