eCMR and blockchain: traceability of the digital waybill for goods transportation3 min read

Did you know that the use of paper with the CMR and the waybill is coming to an end as of September 2024? Do you have an ERP or TMS and are not yet adapted to this new regulation? Do you want to know how blockchain helps improve eCMR traceability?

In the following article, we talk about all of this 😉


What is eCMR, what does the new European regulation require, and when does it come into force?

The waybill (CMR) is a document used in the transportation of goods to record shipment details, sender and recipient data, and transportation conditions. It acts as a contract between the sender, carrier, and recipient, detailing the nature of the cargo, delivery conditions, and other important aspects. Although it was not mandatory for all cases in the past, RD 14/2022 adds CMR’s obligation to Law 15/2009 for goods transportation contracts by road under certain conditions.

eCMR (or electronic CMR) replaces the traditional paper CMR, facilitating and streamlining logistics and administrative processes in transportation. The eCMR aims to improve efficiency, traceability, and security in road freight transportation, while eliminating the extensive use of paper. Unlike paper CMR, which causes payment delays and only allows partial visibility of transportation, eCMR provides immediate access to the digital image of the stamped waybill and the signatures of the logistics operator and cargo recipient.

Additionally, eCMR can eliminate delays in payments due to the lack of the waybill and provide total control over the carrier’s operations. Its use results in a 73% cost and time savings. And of course: it means the end of carbon copy paper notebooks (which require reprocessing, get dirty, and get lost), thus eliminating a large amount of paper, in line with the SDGs established in the 2030 agenda.

eCMR will be mandatory starting in September 2024. This change will require the implementation of new technology in the involved applications (mainly ERPs and TMSs) and learning to use it. The “Cheque Moderniza” aid program subsidizes training and implementation of these technologies, so it is an opportunity to obtain funding for this mandatory change.

Scheme and location of CMR in the logistics process (Source: ESIC)


Blockchain: the perfect complement for full eCMR traceability

Blockchain is a distributed and decentralized ledger technology that allows providing reliable and immutable evidence of everything that happens in a certain process. If we add the use of a verified digital identity to this, we have the necessary requirements to have a system that guarantees end-to-end traceability for all parties involved, eliminating the possibility of data alteration or repudiation by any of them.

Like in other sectors, where document management already benefits from blockchain technology, everything related to eCMR and goods transportation also finds great benefits by integrating this technology into its implementation. Specifically, this technology brings to eCRM:

  • Pick-up and delivery evidence, certified by technology.
  • Comprehensive control and traceability of goods, certified by technology.
  • Certainty in risk management, by having reliable evidence from all parties.

Providing with all this the probative value that eCRM needs to avoid possible fraud or alterations in the management chain of these documents.


iBS, the blockchain evidence generation platform from iCommunity

iBS offers logistic management solutions (vertical TMS or ERP) the possibility to integrate this technology in a very simple and fast way. Thanks to iBS, these solutions can implement a reliable registration system around the eCRM lifecycle (entries, exits, shipments, etc.). By linking each evidence with a verified identity and ensuring the security and privacy of the information, iBS guarantees the reliability and validity of the records of everything that happens with an eCRM, becoming a perfect complement to these logistic management solutions.


Do you want your ERP or TMS to improve its functionality in eCRM?

Contact us and we will help you implement blockchain in your eCRM traceability!

2024-03-27T11:22:49+01:0013 de March de 2024|Blockchain traceability, Blockchain use cases, ERP systems, Industrial, Logistics|
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