The e-Freight project (2010-1013) will facilitate the use of different transport modes on their own and in combination to obtain an optimal and sustainable utilisation of European freight transport resources. Key issues in the e-Freight project are: i) Defining a standard framework for freight information exchange (in cooperation with presently active major initiatives) covering all transport modes and all stakeholders in door-to-door logistic chains. ii) Providing an e-Freight platform supporting the design, development, deployment and maintenance of e-Freight Solutions which will be validated in business cases and pilots involving representatives from all relevant stakeholders in surface transport including large and small businesses and authorities. iii) Developing a single European transport document for all carriage of goods (waybill), irrespective of mode along with all the necessary legislative support. iv) Verifying concept in a number of different business cases around Europe and beyond.
e-Freight is working closely with international standardisations organsisations (OASIS/UBL, GS1) to develop a new standrd for interoperability in freight transport and logistics. Large international shippers and logistics operators are involved.
Business cses drive the e-Freight development, and among the business case partners include DB Schenker, DSV, and STENA. The project also cooperates closely with Unilever and DHL.