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  • 23 Mar 2020 10:08 | Dolorès GUION (Administrator)

    Dear Chemical Logistics Stakeholder, Dear ECTA Member,

    Practically every business sector in Europe is severely hit by the Covid-19 virus. This also applies to chemical production sites, chemical logistics and buyers and users of chemical products. Like the world around us, we are all confronted with ever changing rules and regulations and all kinds of restrictions.

    For ECTA and its members, the health of people in general and that of the people in chemical logistics in particular, will always have the highest priority.

    The past weeks we have been approached by various stakeholders asking for ECTA’s position and any recommendations we might have regarding ‘Covid-19’-procedures and guidelines. We have limited ourselves to pointing towards all regional, national and international stipulations issued by experts and/or government agencies.

    In all countries that ECTA members serve many excellent examples are witnessed how people and companies are trying to cope with this changing situation and how they cooperate with each other splendidly. However, we are also receiving information about a growing number of loading and unloading sites that are no longer providing even the most basic facilities – thus making the work of our members’ drivers exceedingly (and unnecessarily) difficult. And although everybody understands that these are difficult times, this can never be a reason to approach our drivers in a respectless manner. We request and require that those sites get their facilities and personnel brought back to an acceptable level.

    We invite the representatives of good, professional stakeholders (and there are many) to share their best practices to these lesser brothers and sisters.

    ECTA asks each stakeholder to keep the following recommendations in mind:

    • Ensure truck drivers can do their work at loading/unloading sites in a healthy way; provide possibilities for personal hygiene and sanitation in line with the local rules and regulations.
    • Make sure truck drivers can do their job safely obeying to the rules of social distancing.
    • Make sure that cleaning schedules of waiting rooms, reporting area’s and truck driver eating places are intensified.
    • Provide on site (if possible) additional protection e.g. disposable face masks, disposable gloves, etc.
    • We are in this together, don’t ask drivers for the impossible. Be realistic in your demands, we need each other to keep the business running.

    And above all, as we always ask you, treat our truck drivers with respect, the same respect you give to your employees.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    The European Chemical Transport Association

     

  • 20 Mar 2020 10:15 | Dolorès GUION (Administrator)

    Improving transport visibility along the chemical supply chain is a key priority and ECTA has a strong believe that digitization is a key enabler in the further optimization of the chemical supply chains from a safety, sustainability and efficiency point of view. An important step in further digitization, is the concept of controlled data sharing across the different supply chain parties while using common definitions. Within ECTA, a workgroup got formed last year who aimed to create a common Transport visibility definitions framework within Bulk Chemicals while ensuring this can be realized much more efficient than creating one-to-one data sharing relations. Furthermore, we believe that by the right data sharing agreements, the accuracy and ownership of data is also arranged in the correct way.

    From ECTA’s perspective, the contribution of the logistics service providers to the concept of supply chain visibility, is creating visibility on the transport part of the supply chain, the so-called “transport visibility”. The main interest of the parties in the chain is the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) at the loading and unloading addresses and whether this ETA is according to plan. For this reason this new ECTA Transport visibility within Bulk Chemicals best practice guideline describes both the milestones at which an ETA update(s) will be shared and when a deviation leads to an ETA update message. Furthermore, the guideline  describes common definitions and gives example messages for the communication between the logistics service provider and the intermodal transport partners. Especially in intermodal transport, multiple parties are involved in executing the transport, and thereby each party should be part of this “end to end’ data chain to compute trustworthy ETA’s.

    With this “transport visibility” framework, as described in this Best Practice Guideline, ECTA aims to create a uniform way of ETA data sharing along the relevant transport milestones, thereby avoiding sharing massive amounts of GPS location data, which would lead to large discussions on data ownership and data privacy compliancy.

    We wish you all success in applying the new ECTA Transport visibility within Bulk Chemicals best practice guideline and we to thank the ECTA workgroup who managed to deliver this useful guideline within the agreed timeframe.  

    READ THE GUIDELINE
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