A common solution.
Shipping documents are required for identification and handling of cargo on its way from sender to receiver. Even today, in the era of digitalisation, these documents are mostly paperwork. There have been attempts in recent years to make these types of documents available in different electronic formats; however, these formats are not compatible. As a result, the situation is still characterised by media discontinuity, transcription errors, and tedious manual rework.
The ETD Working Group is driven by the idea to develop a solution for companies to handle all kinds of shipping documents (for rail, road, air, sea, inland water, and combined transport) in a uniform manner. The goal is to establish a standardised procedure of creating, editing, saving, forwarding, and archiving these documents. This is to be achieved by coordinating developments in different areas of logistics and for certain types of documents (waybill, delivery note, etc.) and leveraging synergies resulting thereof.
Taking into account established templates and international standards, “eCMR” is a blockchain based service that will allow companies to uniformly create, edit, save, forward and archive shipping documents in a human and machine readable format.
People in charge of the ETD Working Group
If you are interested in joining the working group, or if you have any questions related to the group’s activities, please contact:
Department Head Prototyping & Testing
Open Logistics Foundation