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Public Consultation on the European Union e-Freight Initiative

Consultation period: 26/10/2012 - 17/01/2013 31/01/2013

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Consultation period

This consultation will last for 12 weeks. Questionnaires should be returned by 31 January 2013 at the very latest.

Objectives of the consultation

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.  It will:

  • allow for entering information only once in the whole logistics chain for planning, execution, monitoring and reporting purposes
  • retrieve information on vehicle position and network status from modal traffic information and management systems (co-operative systems such RIS, ERTMS/TAF TSI, SafeSeaNet/eMaritime, road ITS, SESAR).
  • develop a structure for the use of information coming from tracking and tracing technologies as well as for intelligent cargo applications.
  • support the development of interoperable information and booking tools (such as multimodal journey planners for freight) for an optimized use of multimodal transport possibilities.

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.

This consultation aims at collecting your views on the e-Freight initiative in order to assess the possible actions that could help meet the above mentioned objectives. We kindly ask you to evaluate the presented measures, propose modifications or even other measures. We also ask your opinion on the EU e-Freight initiative in general. 

For more information, please consult the background document pdf - 413 KB [413 KB] .

How to submit your contribution

You are strongly encouraged to complete the online questionnaire. However, you also have the option to download the hard copy of the questionnaire pdf - 111 KB [111 KB] and draft your answers. After preparing all your answers, please complete the online questionnaire or submit your reply by e-mail to or by post to:

European Commission,
Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport,
Unit D1 – Maritime Transport and Logistics,
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.

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Following the public consultation, a report will be made publicly available on the Commission's website.

Important notice

Contributions may be submitted in any official EU language. Nevertheless, in order to facilitate the work and allow easy access to all submission, we would appreciate it if contributions could be submitted in the English language or, in the absence thereof, at least a summary in the English language.

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Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has 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.