Digitalisation changes profoundly the way we produce, consume, transport and organise our supply chains. Businesses start to interact differently with new business models and services appearing, based on collaboration and sharing economy principles and enabled by data and advanced digital technologies.
These developments can help in finally bringing into reality the vision of a seamless European transport system. Digitalisation facilitates cooperation between supply chain actors, enables better visibility and real-time management of cargo flows, leads to the reduction of administrative burden, and allows for a better use of infrastructures and resources. All of this makes transport and logistics operations more efficient, not least by allowing easier integration of the different transport modes. By that, digitalisation will contribute to decouple economic growth from transport growth; smart logistics solutions will help meeting environmental sustainability targets.
To support this process, the Commission established the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF).
The DTLF’s overall objective is full-scale digital interoperability and data exchange in a shared, secured and trusted transport and logistics dataspace. For this purpose, the DTLF splits currently into two strands of work organised under two subgroups.
The DTLF played an important role in the preparation of the proposal for the EU Regulation on electronic freight transport information (eFTI) and continues to have an essential contribution to the related implementation work (Subgroup 1).
Beyond the eFTI Regulation, the DTLF strives for building a common data exchange framework connecting easily and in a collaborative and trusted environment existing transport and logistics data sources and platforms (Subgroup 2).