The digitalisation of documents, procedures and supply chains is a factor destined to revolutionise the context in which companies operate today.
27 billion in the period 2018-2040: this is the estimated net benefit for companies gained through the complete digitalisation of documentation linked to the transport of goods.

The equivalent of 75-102 million hours of work saved every year. Today, on the other hand, around 99% of transboundary transport operations in the EU still involve the exchange of paper documents at different stages of the process. Digitalisation of the exchange of information will significantly improve the efficiency of transport and the single market: by 2040 it is estimated that there will be around 300 million EUR in congestion cost reductions and savings of up to 25% in operating costs.

Furthermore, by avoiding the printing of 1-5 copies of each document for every shipment, there will be a saving of between 2 and 8 million sheets of paper, equivalent to 180-900 thousand trees per year. Road transport operators will benefit from around 60% of the total savings in administrative costs. The main obstacle to complete digitalisation is the fact that the authorities have different and often low levels of acceptance of transport documents or information provided electronically by companies.

Information is the “petroleum of the future”, without which multimodality cannot take off.

Indeed, digitalisation was at the heart of the commitment made by Fondazione CS MARE in Vienna at TRA2018, the biennial event dedicated to innovation in the transport sector. The mission of CS MARE is to keep small- and medium-sized enterprises centre stage. As logistics chain users, these businesses will have to master digitalisation and access information in real time.

Digitalisation, together with decarbonisation, is one of the central themes of the three mobility packages published by the European Commission between May 2017 and May 2018, which Fondazione CS MARE decided would be the subject of the first Book in its series. A guide to help companies perceive EU directives and initiatives not just as challenges, but also as great opportunities.

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