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e-Freight’s growing importance

Increasing volumes and growing societal demands for security and sustainability have created challenges for international freight transport and logistics chains striving to improve their efficiency and visibility. A key determinant of efficiency and visibility in freight transport and logistics is the capability to draw maximum benefit from information and communication technologies. In this, e-Freight denotes the vision for a paper-free, electronic flow of information associating the physical flow of goods with a paperless trail built by Information and Communication Technologies. It includes the ability to track and trace freight along its journey across transport modes and to automate the exchange of cargo-related data for regulatory or commercial purposes. New technologies can support the automated exchange of cargo, transport and security related data, thus increasing visibility. They can, therefore, also provide a paper-free transport chain, chain-of-custody information, support compliance, analysis for advanced risk assessment and carbon footprint and execution of multimodal freight transport. To achieve full benefits of these solution, consensus and cooperation is needed between all stakeholder and benefits for all parties need to be identified.

In its White Paper for Transport (March 2011), the European Commission has  set e-Freight as one of the key initiatives in the quest for a Single European Transport Area supported by a competitive, secure and sustainable transport system. In this context, the EC is funding research and pilot projects to investigate possible e-Freight solutions and their benefits.

During the e-Freight 2011 conference held in Munich in May 2011, policy makers, representatives from European Transport research and industry, and experts from the U.S. and Australia shared knowledge and discussed how best to establish a new paradigm on Paperless Freight Transport and Logistics. The discussion will continue at the e-Freight 2012 conference, with the aim to now exchange practical experiences gained from the application of the e-Freight concepts a year later.The e-Freight 2012 conference will be held on the9th and 10th May in Delft, the Netherlands.

The main organizer of the conference is BMT and local organizer is TNO. NewRail is heading the organizing committee, whilst the Scientific Committee is headed by the City University of London.

 


e-Freight 2012 conference

The 2012 e-Freight conference will be organised by EC funded projects all studying and creating solutions for the e-Freight areas of information exchange in planning, monitoring, invoicing, compliance and reporting for secure mulitmodal freight transport. These projects will also present themselves and their results on the conference.

The event is a scientific conference combined with a business viewpoint. A scientific committee with representatives of Newcastle University, Technical University Delft, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, and City University London will assess papers on the areas of eco-visibility, security, paperless transportation and multimodal transport management. Presentations of approved papers will be combined with keynote speakers that represent government authorities and innovative businesses. On the second day of the conference, parallel sessions will deliver insight in the latest scientific research and business projects and cater for round table discussions.

The e-Freight 2012 conference is held on the 9th and 10th May in Delft, the  Netherlands. The conference is held at the historic location ‘De Lindenhof’ near the charming, old city centre of Delft. Staying in the town of William of Orange and Johannes Vermeer gives participants the opportunity to learn more about Dutch history and culture. More information on Delft and a list of interesting places to visit, along with recommended hotels can be found on the conference website.

Conference fees are £180 (€200) per person. There are no concessions. This includes entry to the conference, all meals and refreshments during the conference and the conference dinner on the evening of the 9th.


A typical view from the Centre of Delft, The Netherlands. Photo by Jens Buurgaard Nielsen, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0:


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The e-Freight 2012 conference is organised by the BMT Group. Newrail leads the organising committee and the local organisers are TNO and  TU Delft.
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