Work is progressing on the implementation of the electronic road transport information (eFTI) system in the European Union countries. With the full EU-compliant introduction of the electronic consignment note (e-CMR) by EU countries, all information related to international transport will be in the digital space.
According to participating legislator Raluca Marian of the IRU, Director of EU Advocacy, the eFTI framework will be fully applicable from August 2025. – The first implementing acts are expected this summer. Originally, the first two documents were due at the end of February, but the whole process has been delayed, she comments.
The aim of the eFTI implementation is to simplify and speed up procedures in international transport. The eFTI regulation has already been adopted on 15 July 2020, and the process of preparing implementing acts and detailed guidelines is currently underway. The result is to be a platform for the exchange of data related to road operations. Among other things, the platform is to be used for the exchange of information between companies and government administrations regarding transport compliance with EU regulations.
As Raluca Marian of the IRU adds, the eFTI provisions do not, for the time being, cover the roadworthiness of a vehicle or compliance with the rules on the posting of workers. (The latter relate to the provisions of the Mobility Package).
The eFTI platform will also enable tax settlements with the tax authorities, but the entrepreneur must have the appropriate identification tools. This will also require the taxpayer to adapt his IT tools to the eFTI environment. This is because the platform assumes the interoperability of systems cooperating with eFTI, so that the exchange of information between the company and the public administration will run smoothly.