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Development programme for digitalisation of freight transport information

Development programme for digitalisation of freight transport information

Press release 02.02.2018 09.11 fi sv en

Together with stakeholders, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is preparing a government resolution on the development of freight logistics. The Ministry has sent the draft plan for comments, which must be submitted by 28 February 2018. The development plan supports the Government’s key project on the growth environment for digital business.

- As other sectors of society, logistics will also undergo transformation in the near future. At present, digitalisation is still a competitive edge for companies in the sector, but fairly soon the question will be which companies are going to grow and develop and which will wither. The purpose of the plan is to strengthen the digitalisation of logistics, the transport sector and ports, says Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner.

Visions 2022 and 2025.

The intention is for Finland to create new operating models by 2022. These will enable a better flow of information accompanying goods both within and between transport chains. At the same time, manual work is reduced. In addition, new business concepts for freight logistics will emerge.

By 2025, the business models developed in Finland will also be used internationally. The digitalisation of logistics has reduced environmental hazards, has cut transport costs and has increased business productivity.

Four objectives

In order to achieve these visions, the development plan sets out four practical objectives.

First, a network of decentralised, compatible systems needs to be created for distributing logistics information. The information must be in digital, machine-readable, compatible form and it must be distributable in real time and automatically within and between transport chains. Since systems communicate with each other, it is enough to save logistics information in one system only.

Second, the operability of local logistics must be improved. Societies where products and services are available round the clock need corresponding distribution logistics. This also has an impact on transport chains more widely. E-commerce has already transformed the focus of distribution structures from shops to consumers and local distribution.

Third, resources must be allocated for developing intelligent automation in logistics. Automation has an impact on logistics at several points, for instance as increasing automation in the various phases of transport chains. In ports, containers are already moved by automated container cranes. Manual labour is no longer needed for moving parcels. This trend must also be promoted in the automation of heavy freight transport, for instance, by testing truck platooning.

The fourth key objective is to promote the digitalisation of ports. Automation development is rapid across the globe. Finland has companies that are world leaders in the development and supply of port automation. This expertise, as well as the potential for testing remote-controlled ships, could be utilised internationally for advancing port digitalisation.

To achieve these objectives, approximately thirty measures are proposed, including electronic consignment notes, location tracking for professional transport, sharing of logistics information, standardisation of information, and experiments and pilot projects on the automation of transport chains.

Achieving the objectives and implementation of the measures require the removal of barriers in legislation, cooperation projects, influencing attitudes, and advocacy in the EU and international organisations.

What next?

The deadline for commenting on the draft is 28 February 2018. The request for comments has been published at www.lausuntopalvelu.fi. All organisations and citizens can submit comments.

Following the round for comments, the logistics network will continue to prepare the resolution in an open workshop in early March.

Inquiries:

Kirsi Miettinen, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs, +358 400 719 629

Laura Vilkkonen, Director-General, +358 40 5000 817