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Digital LTL Council Sets Industry Standard for Electronic Bills of Lading – Fleet Management


Yellow is an early adopter of the Digital LTL Council’s new electronic bill of lading standard.

Pictured: Yellow


The National Motor Freight Traffic AssociationThe Digital LTL Council has set a new standard for electronic bills of lading (eBOL). The standard is part of the Digital LTL Council’s efforts to advance the digitalization of the industry to improve supply chain efficiency.

The Digital LTL Council is now asking its members to commit to adopting the standard by July 2023.

“The eBOL standard is essential in helping the industry improve overall efficiency and operational excellence,” said Geoff Muessig, chief marketing officer and vice president of Pitt Ohio and chairman of the Digital LTL Council. “As companies in the industry commit to adopting this standard, we know the overall impact will be a great step forward for the industry and for those with whom we partner and serve.”

What is the difference about this eBOL standard

While other eBOL standards have been developed for the industry, the Digital LTL Council standard stands out for its ability to reduce costs and errors, improve service and communication throughout the supply chain. through better visibility, improve overall supply chain efficiency and secure the industry through contactless. / paperless transactions, council officials said in a press release.

The commitment

Member companies are invited to commit to the following commitment when adopting the standard:

“While digitalization is critically important to elevating the LTL freight industry, and the NMFTA and its Digital LTL Council have worked to facilitate collaboration, automation, standardization and digitalization – to paper flow reduction and better overall communication in the LTL industry – I recognize the importance of implementing an Electronic Bill of Lading (eBOL) to achieve the highest levels of shipping and invoicing results precise, and commit to develop and fully operationalize the eBOL with at least one business partner or 3PL, starting no later than July 20, 2023.”

Early adoption has been strong, with 29 companies taking the pledge as of October 24. Companies that have made the pledge include Carrier Logistics, Dependable Highway Express, Old Dominion Freight Line, Saia LTL Freight, XPO, Yellow and more.

Development of the eBOL standard

According to Paul Dugent, Executive Director of the Digital LTL Council, the standard is the result of a team effort supported by industry leaders and NMFTA staff.

“We have worked two years to develop this standard because we recognize the impact it will have on our industry and its partners and customers,” Dugent said. “As we move towards widespread adoption, we are confident that the benefits will also be widespread across the industry.”

The new standard represents a unified step forward for an industry committed to digital excellence and determined to translate that principle into policy and action, officials said.

“Everyone understands the importance of cybersecurity and other best practices in the digital space,” said Debbie Sparks, executive director of NMFTA. “The standard we have developed here helps member organizations to structurally implement these practices in their organizations in a consistent and actionable way. This is in line with the organization’s vision to facilitate such progress for the entire industry. »

About the Digital LTL Council

Project44 and a diverse group of industry leaders formed the Digital LTL Council in November 2019 with the goal of advancing the full digitalization of the LTL industry. NMFTA became the Presenting Sponsor of the LTL Digital Council in June 2022 to provide industry expertise, dedicated resources, marketing and legal support – in addition to the financial resources needed to accelerate the work of the Council.

Sign the pledge and download the new eBOL API here.