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Specifics regarding the freight forwarding services within the EU borders

Freight forwarding within the boundaries of the EU is done mainly via road transport, and a large share of these services is provided by network of freight forwarders. The service is usually combined with sea transport, intermodal combinations and by combining several types of transport. The advancements in the information and communication technologies allows for easy combination of different types of transport. More attention is being turned towards the use of rail transport.


Information and communication technologies – the basic component of the freight forwarding services


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The advanced information and communication technologies allow for the easy access to information regarding the location and the status of the various shipments of cargo and goods forwarded by the freight forwarders Europe. This is especially crucial when live animals or hazardous cargos are being transported, and ensures that regular checks of the condition of the cargo are being done during their transport.

The new technologies allow for better traffic control and management as well as easy and precise tracking of the shipments. Also, they minimize the need of issuing and utilizing physical paper documents and use electronic documents necessary for transporting the cargo instead.

With the advancement of the use of radio frequency identification, navigation systems, digital tachographs and electronic toll payment systems, the freight forwarding services provided by the

European network for transportation has entered a new era and now offers further benefits to its customers.


Radio frequency identification (RFID)

This is a method used for the automatic data gathering and remote identification of different objects based on radio frequency communication. This identification method can be used for various goods, marked animals and other goods transported by the forwarders throughout Еurope. This is done with the help of special Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags which contain all the identification data necessary for proper identification of each good or load. Radio frequency identification is an alternative to barcode identification but has major advantages including the possibility of remote scanning and tracking goods and objects from large distances. All the data is contained in the RFID tag of the marked object which can include much more information than that contained in a regular barcode.


Road transport in the EU and its specifics

As we mentioned earlier, road transport is key for all EU countries including for the freight forwarding services provided by the European logistics network. Increasing efforts are being made to ensure the so-called green logistics corridors for a more ecological approach. This is done by utilizing more transport vehicles which run on alternative fuels and with the help of intelligent transport systems for long-distance shipments as well as for multi-modal traffic.


The European Committee is working on making the rail transport more competitive

The rail transport is not utilized to an extent as the road transport in the EU. Rail transport has its advantages such as the transport of large volumes of cargo and goods and this is why the European Committee is working especially hard to increase the share of rail transport used for freight forwarding. Rail transport can be combined with the sea transport lines which will allow European ports to attract further investments.


Tasks ahead of the sea transport for the EU countries

The main areas in which special efforts are put in regard to sea transport include the introduction of new technologies as well as improved environmental friendliness. These efforts are important on a global level but are especially crucial for EU’s freight forwarding due to the fact that the sea transport provided by the international freight forwarders is very intensive. The sea transport lines pass through zones with heavy traffic, which is why the increase of their efficiency, safety, environmental-friendliness via the introduction of new technologies is an essential objective for the countries bordering the seas of Europe.