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Electronic freight transport information



Regulation (EU) 2020/1056 on electronic freight transport information


The regulation establishes a legal framework that allows economic operators to share with enforcement authorities information in an electronic format concerning the transport of goods by road, rail, inland waterways and air in the European Union (EU).



The regulation applies to regulatory information requirements on the transport of goods set out in the EU legal acts listed in points 1-5 below, and to regulatory information requirements laid down in delegated or implementing acts adopted by the European Commission in accordance with the legal acts listed under points 1-7 below (listed in Part A of Annex I):

The regulation also applies to similar information requirements in relevant national laws (listed in Part B of Annex I).

Electronic freight transport information (eFTI)

Electronic freight transport information (eFTI) is a set of data elements processed electronically for the purpose of exchanging regulatory information among economic operators (mainly companies involved in freight transport and logistics) and between operators and competent authorities.

Operators are not obliged to make regulatory information available electronically to a competent authority. However, when they choose to make this information available electronically, operators must:

  • use data processed on a certified eFTI platform and, if applicable, by a certified eFTI service provider;
  • make data available in machine-readable format via an authenticated and secure connection to the data source of an eFTI platform, and, when the data is requested for inspection, communicate to the authorities a unique identifying link to that data;
  • present data in human-readable format if requested by the competent authority, on the spot, on the operator's device.

Relevant authorities must:

  • accept regulatory information made available electronically by operators;
  • accept waste shipment regulatory information without the agreement referred to in Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006;
  • be able to access and process electronically the eFTI data made available by operators;
  • provide official validation, such as stamps or certificates, electronically, where such validation is required as part of the regulatory information.

Relevant authorities, eFTI service providers and operators must keep commercial information confidential and ensure it is accessed and processed only when authorised.

eFTI data sets, access rules and procedures for authorities, eFTI platforms and service providers

The European Commission must adopt delegated or implementing acts no later than 21 February 2023 to:

  • establish and amend the eFTI common data set and data subsets, to reflect the respective regulatory information requirements, that:
    • specify the definition and technical characteristics for each data element,
    • take into account relevant international conventions and EU law,
    • aim to ensure the interoperability with relevant internationally accepted data models;
  • lay down common procedures and detailed rules for access by relevant authorities to eFTI platforms, with a view to:
    • making administrative procedures more efficient,
    • minimising compliance costs, both for the economic operators concerned and the relevant authorities.

The eFTI platforms used for processing regulatory data must provide functionalities to ensure that:

  • personal data processing complies with data protection laws;
  • commercial data is kept confidential;
  • competent authorities can access and process data in accordance with the specifications adopted;
  • operators can make information available to competent authorities;
  • a unique electronic identifying link can be established between a shipment and the related data elements;
  • data can be processed solely through authorised and authenticated access;
  • data processing is recorded in operation logs;
  • data can be archived and remain accessible;
  • data are protected against corruption and theft.

eFTI service providers must ensure that:

  • data is processed only by authorised users;
  • data is stored and accessible in accordance with EU and national law;
  • competent authorities have immediate access to regulatory information free of any charges or fees;
  • data is appropriately secured, including against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage.

No later than 21 August 2023, the Commission will adopt the first implementing act to cover these requirements for eFTI platforms and eFTI service providers.


Conformity assessment bodies will be accredited by national accreditation bodies in EU Member States to certify eFTI platforms and eFTI service providers.


It entered into force on 20 August 2020 and applies from 21 August 2024.


For further information, see:


Regulation (EU) 2020/1056 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 July 2020 on electronic freight transport information (OJ L 249, 31.7.2020, pp. 33–48).


Regulation (EU) 2019/1239 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment and repealing Directive 2010/65/EU (OJ L 198, 25.7.2019, pp. 64–87).

Directive (EU) 2016/797 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union (OJ L 138, 26.5.2016, pp. 44–101).

Successive amendments to Directive (EU) 2016/797 have been incorporated in the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, pp. 1–88).

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 October 2013 laying down the Union Customs Code (OJ L 269, 10.10.2013, pp. 1–101).

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 on common rules for access to the international road haulage market (OJ L 300, 14.11.2009, pp. 72–87).

See consolidated version.

Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 September 2008 on the inland transport of dangerous goods (OJ L 260, 30.9.2008, pp. 13–59).

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 339/93 (OJ L 218, 13.8.2008, pp. 30–47).

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 on shipments of waste (OJ L 190, 12.7.2006, pp. 1–98).

See consolidated version.

Council Directive 92/106/EEC of 7 December 1992 on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States (OJ L 368, 17.12.1992, pp. 38–42).

See consolidated version.

EEC Council: Regulation No 11 concerning the abolition of discrimination in transport rates and conditions, in implementation of Article 79 (3) of the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community (English special edition: Series I Volume 1959-1962, pp. 60–64).

See consolidated version.

last update 23.03.2022