What is a CMR consignment note?
The CMR is an important document for road transport. It stands for “Convention relative au contrat de transport international de marchandises par route” and is essentially a consignment note containing a standardized set of land transport and liability conditions, which replaces an individual business’ own terms and conditions. It’s an agreement that gives clarity of responsibilities around loading, transport and delivery and therefore helps avoid disputes between shippers, consignees, forwarders and carriers.
The problem with paper CMRs
For decades, CMRs have existed as paper forms. Within them, there are a number of data fields that need to be captured, such as a description of the goods, contact details of sender, packing methods used, shipment weight, customs duties or dangerous goods information. Filling out all of the required fields can take a lot of time, especially in cases where duplicate information must be re-entered in various paper forms or systems.