The Electronic Bill of Lading, the CT-e, is an electronic document that accompanies the provision of transport services, this document is issued and stored electronically. This document serves to document, for tax purposes, any modal of cargo transportation, such as Air, Road, Rail, among others. An important fact is that this document is valid in all states of the Federation.
The main benefits of Ct-e for an issuing company are;
• Reduced costs for printing and storing the tax document;
• Reduction of truck stopping time at border inspection posts;
• Reduction of bookkeeping errors, due to the elimination of typing errors in cargo transportation bills;
• Facilitates the automation of data extraction by company systems, being able to favor management in general.
Because it exists only electronically, in order to correctly issue bills of lading, it is necessary for your company to have adequate software for this. The CTe is part of the core of documents required for the provision of cargo transportation operations.
if your company wants to issue Cte it must follow the steps below:
• Be accredited to issue CT-e with the State Finance Secretariat in which it is established. Accreditation in a Federation Unit does not accredit the company before the other Units, that is, the company must request accreditation in all States in which it has establishments and in which it wishes to issue CT-e;
• Have a digital certificate (issued by a Certification Authority accredited to ICP-BR) containing the company’s CNPJ;
• Have access to the internet;
• Adapt your billing system to issue the CT-e or use the “Issuer of CT-e”, in the case of small businesses (road and waterway modes);
• Test your systems in a homologation environment in all Finance Departments where you wish to issue CT-e;
• Obtain authorization from the Treasury Department to issue CT-e in a production environment (CT-e with legal validity).