Digital Consignment Note

Consignment notes, as accompanying documents for freight in national and international freight traffic, are often still created manually and on paper today. In practice, neither a uniform design (layout) of the national consignment note nor of the national consignment note in international road transport has ever been established. Moreover, haulers are still required to carry additional accompanying paper versions such as dangerous goods documents, pallet and weighing slips, sample documents, etc. Transport companies must therefore administer and archive a large number of documents with different layouts which leads to more time and effort being spent on manual search processes and administration. The »Digital Consignment Note« development project aims at implementing a digital service for the generation, storage and further processing of digital consignment notes for both national and cross-border transport. At the same time, an e-freight folder is being developed – a digital folder for truck transportation in which further important documents can be stored in addition to the digital consignment note.

The following standards form the basis for these developments:

  • Article 408, German Commercial Code and the eCMR protocol (content)
  • UN/CEFACT eCMR model (data standard)
  • IRU CMR model 2007 (layout template)

Project-specific results such as demonstrators or prototypes (excerpt)

  • Mapping of all information-related transport operations with one demonstrator
  • Availability of the planned services at the relevant supply chain stages (initial generation, handling and forwarding)

Project-specific results such as demonstrators or prototypes (excerpt)

This project uses the authentication and user management service from the already completed »Digital Load Carrier Device« development project and integrates developments from the Blockchain Europe NRW project. All software components that have been created are made available as open source. Public access to the code creates transparency and confidence in the results of the project. Companies can proactively participate in the development and extend the resulting open source code by functionalities that are of importance to their company so as to implement the service in an economically viable way.

Patrick Becker,
Maximilian Schellert,