Ukraine, Moldova, and Azerbaijan were chosen as the priority countries for developing roadmaps to implement electronic freight transport information (eFTI) exchange. As the EU’s eFTI Regulation is set to become effective in December 2025, this initiative aims to simplify and digitise information exchange in the transportation of goods. These selected countries have shown strong commitment and progress in national-level electronic freight transport data exchange.
Ukraine is already implementing a national electronic consignment notes management system in road transport (eTTN). Moldova launched e-Transport Authorization in 2022, simplifying road transport authorization requests for local and international freight. Azerbaijan, a crucial multimodal logistics hub between Asia and Europe, is actively working on implementing international standards, including eFTI and UN/CEFACT recommendations.
The EU4Digital Facility’s eTrade stream will closely collaborate with the chosen Eastern partner countries to assess their current status. Recommendations will then be provided to address regulatory, technical, and organizational aspects. The resulting roadmaps will outline a tailored approach to implementing eFTI exchange in each country’s specific freight transport information environment.
Implementing an eFTI-like approach will yield substantial benefits. Business operators can expect simplified procedures, reduced administrative burdens, increased efficiency, and faster transportation, leading to improved vehicle utilization. Authorities will benefit from enhanced data accuracy, improved monitoring and control capabilities, real-time access to information, and overall operational efficiency. Additionally, this electronic freight transport information exchange environment will facilitate the long-term integration of Eastern partner countries into the EU’s eFTI ecosystem.
The eFTI deployment in Ukraine, Moldova, and Azerbaijan demonstrates these countries’ dedication to embracing digitalization in the transportation sector. The collaboration between the EU4Digital Facility and these countries will pave the way for seamless integration into the EU’s freight transport ecosystem, bringing efficiency and streamlined processes to businesses and authorities alike.