Make your CMRs digital – with complete control

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trace:original CMRs

For you who are receiving​ large amounts of paper CMRs​.
We have the solution!

4 billion paper documents circulate in trade around the globe daily, in order to get the goods to their destinations. Let's put an end to it.
Enigio's trace:original enables any issuer/carrier to digitise CMRs with complete control, giving you a fully digital workflow that is faster, safer, more sustainable and cost-efficient.

trace:original CMRs

With trace:original CMRs all data stays in a digital original document and the freight document is continuously being updated with relevant information and sign-offs.

The issuer/carrier of the document will remain in control of the document during the full lifetime of the CMR, being continuously updated with events and transfer of liability.​ The updates about events during the transport will be written to the document, that will in itself contain the full audit trail of the shipment as a paper equivalent.

trace:original documents stay immutable and machine readable by anyone that have access to the document and allows the issuer/carrier to collect data to their own transport management system. The document is completely stand-alone and does not depend on any specific software or rulebook. It is also a ledger in itself and it will contain a complete audit trail of relevant data and associated sequences of events, such as transfer of control of the goods.

Benefits of trace:original CMRs

A trace:original CMR combines the positive aspects of both methods while adding unique advantages:

The issuer/carrier of the document will remain in control of the document during the full lifetime of the CMR.

The CMR will be continuously updated with events, signatures and transfer of liability.

Updates about events during the transport will be made in the document.

The document will in itself contain the full audit trail of the shipment like its paper equivalent.

The document is immutable and machine readable by anyone that have access to the document.

The issuer/carrier may collect data from the document to own transport management system.

Simple API integration (i.e. transport management system)

trace:original CMRs workflow

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CMRs still not fully updated to a digital world

CMRs are regulated by the CMR conventionand in 2011 the e-CMR protocol was added, which paves the way for electronic CMRs. Since then, more that 30 countries haveacceded the e-CMR protocol. But the adoption of digital solutions has been slow and most CMRs today are still paper-based.

Paper based processes and routines have serious drawbacks such as fraud risk, high costs, lead time to produce, manage and store as well as large environmental impacts. Meanwhile, existing e-CMR solutions on the market are based either on the concept of a central system or on a closed eco-system where users have to be onboarded and the CMR data have to be stored centrally.

Paper based CMR solutions

Inefficient, costly and cumbersome process

Risk of errors, discrepancies, forgery and lost documents

No transport management system (TMS) integration

Costly disputes due to poor record keeping and lack of accountability and transparency

Exposed to fraud and non-compliance

E-CMR solutions

Being forced to share business data with irrelevant parties

Need for contract negotiations and upfront agreements with new parties in the logistics chain

Costly investment in software and changing of current processes

Legal uncertainties

Risk that some or several relevant parties are not a part of the same closed platform

Accessible and interoperable

trace:original CMRs are created as PDF documents and readable by anyone that can read normal PDFs. However, each document also contains structured data in JSON format, that enables any system to parse the document, even without connecting to API:s. This enables an automated process that is both efficient and robust, while retaining the possibility for manual verification.

trace:original CMRs can be freely sent in seconds, received, and managed by everyone in the trade process and it can be used within, between or outside of trade platforms. Only the issuer of the CMR needs to be a customer of Enigio and after issuance it is free to use forever.

Safe and secure

Traceability  – Contains full audit trail of events within the document
Data ownership - no business or personal data shared or stored outside of the trace:original CMR document.
Transparency – process visibility throughout the transaction cycle.
Storage – digitally stored by the owner and digital back-ups possible

Protection – only the one in possession has the right to add new content, transfer possession or invalidate, no-one can manipulate what has been written.
Authenticity – Document authenticity can be verified by anyone at any time
Evidence – Current or older version of document verifiable via its evidence stored on the block chain (Public Notary)


Using trace:original CMRs will contribute to fulfilling the following UN sustainable development goals:

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SME growth and prosperity since:

  • It will be easier to  set up and execute a transaction
  • Smaller amounts and shorter tenors are possible
  • They can have access to ECA financing and guarantees
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Innovation and infrastructure:

  • As easy, affordable and interoperable as using paper
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Reduce carbon emissions, fresh water and land use by reducing:

  • Paper documents/production
  • All physical transportation of the documents

CMR and trace:original – a perfect combination

Accessible and interoperable

Computer and internet only requirement

Digitally interoperable between anyone and any system

Readable by man and machine

Can contain a standard and/or a schema

Enables straight through processing (STP)

Safe and

Tamper proof and fraud safe

No sharing of business or personal data outside of document

Full audit trail

Cost and time

Minimal lead times

90% cost reduction


Reduce carbon emissions

Help SMEs growth
and prosperity

Promote infrastructure development 

All the benefits
of CMR

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All the features of digital documents

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Get started!

Schedule a one-on-one call to see how trace:original can help you achieve a fully digital end-to-end workflow with digital original documents, without any changes to your existing infrastructure.

In the call we will go through your specific needs and suggest a matching solution. We will also go through a live demo of trace:original, creating your first digital original document.

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