Despite the general economic crisis, the logistics sector is facing interesting times and big changes. Europe is rapidly moving towards cross-border digitization and an explosion of digital freight data is expected in 2024. In 2026, all EU countries must create the readiness to carry out supervision in transport based on digital waybills, but how do companies feel about it? Come and hear what experts from Digilogistics Center of Excellence (Digilogistika Keskus) and Tietoevry Create Baltic think about it.
On October 27th, 2023, the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) and a pan-European consortium signed a contract for 28.3 million euros, agreeing to fund the eFTI4EU project. The consortium consists of 22 partners, including 9 Member States (plus four Observers), with a unifying mission to pave the way for implementing electronic freight transport information (eFTI) architecture.
The EU aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, with new laws in place or under development. Commercial road transport CO2 emissions, however, will increase by 50% from 2018 to 2050 without action. To be carbon neutral, the industry and its regulators must decouple energy consumption from demand by driving efficiencies now, and at the same time, allow investment in alternative fuel technology and infrastructure for the medium term.
From the new year, 25.25 m and 6 t car trains are allowed in Latvia, they have been allowed in Finland and Sweden for years. Estonia also needs to negotiate this difference from the European Commission, because long car trains help to reduce the carbon footprint of road transport because larger quantities can be transported at the same time and thereby make better use of the road and truck potential. In Estonia, you can drive a 60t car train if the cargo is registered with an e-CMR waybill.
By Regulation 2020/1056 (“eFTI Regulation”), the responsible control authorities of all modes of transport are required to collect the legally required freight transport information from companies in electronic form (instead of paper) from the end of 2025, if the information is available through certified eFTI platforms. For entrepreneurs, the electronic form of transmission is initially optional. In the first phase, it will affect all modes of transport, combined transport, cabotage, dangerous goods, waste and aviation security.
We have contributed to the digitization of food rescue and developed a digital waybill and warehouse management for EatB4 and Food Bank.
The system, created with the support of volunteers, today helps many low-income people all over Estonia to get help from large retail chains, which donate unsuitable but perfectly suitable foodstuffs to the Food Bank. This difficult but important work can be made easier by creating digital channels for data exchange and freeing people from paper documents to enter data into computers.
Yesterday, the general meeting of ITS Estonia took place, where a new management group was also elected, which now includes Digilogistika Keskus for the coming years 🙂. There is a lot of work ahead and the challenges are exciting. We always find opportunities for those who know and want to get actively involved, be it cooperation with universities, participation in lawmaking, testing pilot projects in logistics or development of solutions.