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What is a CMR form and how do I complete it?

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What is a CMR form and how do I complete it?

A CMR is a consignment note. It is the document prepared by the company delivering the vehicle to you; i.e. the external transport company. You need to sign the document to prove you received the vehicle.

Three copies

There are three copies of the CMR: the proof of receipt, which is returned to the sender (e.g.: ADESA), the evidence of delivery, which goes to the carrier (the transport company) and the third copy goes to consignee, you. 

To be included

 The CMR must include:
(see example)
  • The name and address of the sender. (In this case that's ADESA)
 nr 1
  • The name and address of the consignee (according to the invoice). As the buyer, this is your company.
 nr 2
  • The address where the goods were picked up, as well as the date (+ a stamp from the parking place).
 nr 3
  • The final destination of the vehicle. (i.e.: where the transport company is delivering the vehicle)
 nr 4
  • The name and address of the carrier and the license plate of the truck on which the vehicle will be transported.
 nr 5
  • The make, model, chassis number and license plate of the vehicle.
 nr 10
  • This field is dedicated to the transport company. Check the date is filled in.
 nr 12
  • The pickup date and the stamp of the pickup location
 nr 14
  • The stamp of the transport company, the license plate of the truck and signature of the driver.
 nr 15
  • The date, the stamp and signature of the consignee.
 nr 16

Please always check your CMRs before submitting them. You can see a correctly stamped, signed and completed CMR form and CMR with 24 fields here. There is no set format for a CMR, so the numbers of the boxes can vary.

Please note: We don’t accept 'International' or 'To be confirmed' as final destination.

When you receive the vehicle, it is the responsibility of the carrier (i.e.: the transport company) to ensure the CMR is correct and the condition of the vehicle is accurately recorded. The result of these checks must be included in the CMR.

For further information, please go to http://www.cargotir.com/pages/cmr/fillcmr.aspx.


This is all required under Article 5 and Article 6 of the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR) (Geneva, 19 May 1956), and the 1978 Protocol supplement.


When you pick up your vehicle, you are required to complete a CMR (consignment note) or a CoD (Certificate of Delivery), you must upload it in 'My account ' in order to have your vehicle documents sent to you.

You cannot pick up Spanish and Italian cars in person. They need to be picked up by a transport company since an official transport CMR from the Seller is required to unregister these cars and release the original car documents.

Related questions:

What is a Pickup Authorization (PuA)?

Can I get EX and EUR.1 documents via ADESA?

What is a Certificate of Delivery? How do I complete it?

Why was my final CMR rejected?

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