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Digital LTL Council Sets New Industry Standard for Electronic Bills of Lading

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s Digital LTL Council (NMFTA) sets 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, according to a press release.

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

“The eBOL standard is critical to helping the industry improve overall efficiency and operational excellence,” said Geoff Muessig, chief marketing officer and executive 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.”

The press release stated that “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 along the supply chain through better visibility, improve overall supply chain efficiency and secure the industry through contactless/paperless transactions.

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 the reduction of paper flow and better overall communication in the LTL industry – I recognize the importance of implementing an electronic bill of lading to achieve the best shipping results and accurate invoicing, and I agree to develop and fully operationalize the eBOL with at least one business partner or 3PL, starting July 20, 2023 at the latest.”

Early adoption has been strong, officials said.

The following companies have already made the commitment:

  • AAA Cooper Transportation
  • Averit Express
  • Banian Technologies
  • Blue Grace Logistics
  • Logistics Carrier
  • CH Robinson
  • Dayton Freight Lines
  • Reliable Expressway
  • Dohrn Transfer Company
  • Echo Global Logistics
  • Estes Express Lines
  • KDL Logistics
  • Koch Logistics
  • Midwest Auto Freight
  • Former Dominion Freight Line
  • Project 44 (P44)
  • Peninsula Truck Lines
  • Pitt Ohio
  • Polaris Transportation
  • Ross express
  • Freight Saia LTL
  • SMC³
  • Southeast Freight Lines
  • Total quality logistics
  • Special delivery in the United States
  • Transport & Logistics Department
  • Global Express
  • XPO
  • Yellow

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.”

Debbie Sparks, Executive Director of NMFTA, said, “Everyone understands the importance of cybersecurity and other best practices in the digital space. 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. »

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.

To sign the pledge and download the new eBOL API, visit:

To learn more about NMFTA, visit

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