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Public Consultation on the European Union e-Freight Initiative

A consultation process on e-Freight based on an online questionnaire took place from 26 October 2012 until 31 January 2013 (14 weeks).

Consultation report

The report below summarizes contributions from stakeholders to the online consultation :

Consultation report


The EU aims at establishing the adequate structural conditions for fostering growth of the EU economy. A main element needed to support growth is the facilitation of the transport of goods. e-Freight will help improving the efficiency of freight transport and thus contribute to growth and competitiveness. Through supporting the achievement of the missing link between different information tools and the facilitation of seamless information flows and thus transport of goods across modes and countries, it will simplify the organisation and execution of freight transport across modes and countries, and therefore contribute to unifying the European Transport Area.

The EU has been for many years actively supporting a policy of efficient and sustainable unimodal and multimodal transport logistics chains, for which accompanying seamless information flows is a prerequisite. While progress in this respect has so far mostly taken place at an individual mode level, in terms of vertical integration and interoperability, often triggered by traffic management needs and public reporting requirements, the additional challenge lies in the horizontal integration and interoperability of information and information exchange across several transport modes.

The White Paper on Transport “Roadmap to a Single Transport Area – towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system” adopted in March 2011 has therefore proposed action n°7 on multimodal transport of goods - e-Freight.

e-Freight will support the development of an overall framework for information exchange between the different actors in the transport logistics chain in combination with the necessary standards, administrative, governance and legal provisions.  This will allow for a more efficient information exchange, and therefore a more efficient freight transport, and will simplify the use of multimodal and cross-countries freight transport.

Objectives of the consultation

The consultation aimed at collecting views on the e-Freight initiative in order to assess the possible actions that could help meet the above mentioned objectives. Respondents have been asked to evaluate the presented measures, propose modifications or even other measures. Respondents have also been asked for their opinion on the EU e-Freight initiative in general.

This consultation was supported by a background document presenting the state of thoughts regarding this initiative :

background document pdf - 413 KB [413 KB]


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Please note that these documents have been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. They have not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

Related documents

Consultation documents

Consultation report pdf - 822 KB [822 KB]

Hard copy questionnaire pdf - 111 KB [111 KB]

Background document pdf - 413 KB [413 KB]

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