The Turkish Parliament has ratified the Additional Protocol to
the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of
Goods by Road ("CMR") concerning the Electronic
Consignment Note ("the Additional Protocol") on 7 March
Turkey has been a party to the CMR, a United Nations Convention
since 1993. The Additional Protocol was added to the CMR Convention
in February 2008, rendering possible the use of electronic
consignment notes ("e-CMR"). The protocol entered into
force on 5 June 2011. Turkey is the 15th country to ratify the
Additional Protocol, following Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech
Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania,
Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The development of the e-CMR is part of a strategy aimed at the
full digitalisation of transport operations and constitutes the
first step towards its achievement. It brings along many benefits
such as the reduction of administrative costs through the removal
of paperwork, strengthened transparency through the maximization of
data accuracy and improved efficiency through easier control and
monitoring of the shipment.
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