eFTI Regulation, a new digital transport regulation in the European Union

08 Aug 2023
Reglamento-eFTI

The European Union authorities consider the efficiency of freight transport and logistics to be fundamental to the growth and competitiveness of the economy of the economic area, the functioning of the internal market and the social and economic cohesion of all regions of the Union.

In this regard, the digitization of freight transport and logistics is estimated to have a great capacity to reduce administrative costs, improve the enforcement capabilities of the competent authorities and increase the efficiency and sustainability of transport.

On the other hand, the use of paper documents represents a significant administrative burden for logistics operators and a cost, particularly for SMEs, and has a negative impact on the environment.

In this context, EU officials consider that the main reason for the lack of progress towards simplification and greater efficiency in the information exchanges made possible by the available electronic means is the absence of a uniform legal framework in the EU which would oblige the competent authorities to accept relevant information in electronic form legally required for the transport of goods.

In turn, the acceptance of information in electronic format and with common specifications by the competent authorities would facilitate not only communication between them and the economic operators but also, indirectly, the implementation of uniform electronic communication mechanisms throughout the Union and simplified intercompany agreements.

Likewise, it would also mean significant administrative savings for economic operators and in particular for SMEs, which make up the majority of transport and logistics companies within the Union.

What is the eFTI Regulation?

The eFTI Regulation establishes a legal framework for the electronic communication of regulatory information relating to the transport of goods on the territory of the Union between economic operators and the competent authorities.

Specifically, the European standard establishes the conditions for this framework so that the competent authorities are obliged to accept regulatory information when it is provided electronically by the economic operators concerned.

This EU regulation also sets the rules on the provision of services related to the electronic communication of regulatory information by economic operators to the competent authorities.

Specifically, the Regulation defines electronic information related to the transport of goods (EITM) and, likewise, what a certified EITM platform and a certified EITM service provider are, in such a way that information transmitted digitally must be communicated by companies in a machine-readable format. and, if requested by the competent authority, in a format readable as text, guaranteeing in any case the confidentiality of the commercial information processed and exchanged.

This Regulation, officially published in 2020, will be mandatory in all its elements and directly applicable in each Member State as of August 21, 2024.

One more step towards the digitalization of transport

This regulation, which will come into force in just over a year’s time, represents a fundamental step forward in facilitating the exchange of information associated with transport operations in a harmonized manner throughout the European Union.

This gives a decisive boost to digitalization in transport, a process that is unstoppable and offers a whole series of advantages, including:

  • Reduction of errors in the transmission of documentation
  • Improved collaboration between the different actors in the supply chain.
  • Ease of information exchange with other companies and authorities
  • More agility in the invoicing process

However, at the same time this process also presents difficulties and faces a whole series of barriers that hinder digital transformation, such as:

  • Investment and return
  • Difficulties in the cultural change brought about by digitization
  • Differences in progress between large companies and SMEs
  • Finding the right technology partner

FIELDEAS, the perfect partner to drive the digitization of your transport services

As regards technology providers that process electronic information related to the transport of goods, the eFTI Regulation determines that they shall ensure that:

  • Data are processed only by authorized users and in accordance with clearly defined and assigned processing rights within the IETM platform, in accordance with the relevant regulatory reporting requirements.
  • The data are stored and remain accessible in accordance with the legal acts of the Union and national law laying down the relevant requirements concerning regulatory information
  • The competent authorities have immediate access, free of charge and without fees and duties, to the regulatory information related to a freight transport operation processed through their IETM platforms.
  • Data is adequately protected, in particular against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage.

In FIELDEAS we meet all these requirements and we have been working for years in the digitalization of transport services hand in hand with some of the most important logistics operators and transport companies in the Union.

All our services have been developed to comply with all legal requirements, both with regard to the exchange, collection and processing of information, in such a way as to provide all legal guarantees.

This is the case of the digital signature that FIELDEAS offers in its e-CMR, the best in the market and with total legal guarantee.

With the digital signature of our e-CMR, we incorporate documentary authentication in the consignment note. The digital signature is a differential element that provides greater security to the exchange of information, by reliably identifying the actors involved in the preparation and transmission of any document.

In the same vein, ourdigital CRM incorporates the use of QR codes, a feature that allows for faster and more efficient management of documentation.

In this way, a code is associated to the documentation of each specific shipment, thus avoiding errors and gaining agility in the administrative management of transport for transport providers, shippers and consignees.

In this sense, QR codes unify the processing of information for the different actors involved in the transport chain, facilitating collaboration.

In the same way, FIELDEAS e-CMR increases the security of your services.The QR codes developed by the company are fully verifiable and auditable by the State Security Forces and Corps during their surveillance and control functions for the Transport Inspectorate.

Make sure you have technology partners that help you comply with all legal requirements, take a step forward in digitization and avoid potential penalties. At FIELDEAS we are ready to help you.

 

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