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  • 02 Mar 2018 12:24 | Dolorès GUION (Administrator)

    A revised Best Practice Guidelines for the Cleaning of Dry Bulk Polymer transport tanks has been issued this month and this in close cooperation with Cefic, EFTCO, and ECTA. This revised guideline takes away the questions and concerns that have been raised after issuing the first Best Practice Guideline version during the first half of 2017. We want to especially thank each of the contributing company members of the working group for their valuable contributions and inputs to this revised document. Going forward, ECTA remains committed to make chemical & polymer logistics more safe, clean and sustainable and any further feedback is welcome.

    Click here to download the Guidelines

  • 02 Mar 2018 11:12 | Dolorès GUION (Administrator)

    Last November we held our ECTA Annual Meeting in the prestigious Hyatt hotel in Düsseldorf which was once more a unique occasion to learn, network and discuss innovative logistics opportunities within the Chemical Industry.
    Besides, it was also the occasion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ECTA association with more than 120 guests.

    The conference and the celebration dinner were a great success and we are pleased to share with you the presentations and pictures of the event.

  • 23 May 2017 15:30 | Dolorès GUION (Administrator)

    On request of several Chemical Logistics Stakeholders and given there is recently a renewed focus on measuring transport performance, find below the 2017 revised ECTA-Cefic guidelines for standardized coding of transport events also called the “ECTA codes”. This document replaces the former February 2009 edition.

    In this 2017 document revision, an extra ‘Date & Time’ code was added allowing to categorize early deliveries while some minor textual corrections were made improving the overall accuracy of the document. That said, this 2017 revised ECTA Codes document brings only minor changes that aims to improve the precision of the chemical transport performance reporting across the logistics chain.

    Please click here to download the guidelines

  • 23 Mar 2017 16:27 | Dolorès GUION (Administrator)

    Given MOC (Management of Change) plays a central role in safe logistics operations, “ECTA, CEFIC and EFTCO developed and published in March 2017 new best practice guidelines for managing change along the chemicals supply chain.

    These guidelines provide a framework for companies to better manage changes associated with equipment, materials, products, people, organization and procedures. The guidelines, which are based on best practices already in use, describe procedures and tools to manage changes safely, both on- and off-site, including transport, intermediate storage, loading/unloading operations and cleaning, related to all modes of European land transport including intermodal transportation. Implementing these guidelines should assist in reducing the number of incidents in the logistics chain and the associated harm to people and the environment.

    ECTA wants to thank all participating companies for their knowledge contributions while sharing their inputs and best practices making the logistics operations more safe & sustainable for our people, environment & customers.

    Please click here to download the guidelines

  • 16 Feb 2017 17:01 | Dolorès GUION (Administrator)

    ECTA, CEFIC and EFTCO developed and published in Feb 2017 new best practice guidelines related to the cleaning of dry bulk polymer tank trailers. For many years, all of the polymer suppliers and transport companies have identified their own specific cleaning requirements resulting in slightly different practices. This differentiation might create confusion for the haulier, the cleaning station and the supplier. The purpose of this new best practice guideline is to ensure the cleaning process is optimized and the potential cross contaminations from previous product loads can be reduced to a minimum. ECTA also want to thank all participating companies for their knowledge contributions while sharing their inputs and best practices making the transport of polymers more sustainable for our customers and our environment.

    Please click here to download the guidelines

  • 13 Feb 2017 13:55 | Dolorès GUION (Administrator)

    ECTA President Andreas Zink was again invited by GPCA to be a member of the jury for this awards program. 
    The objective of the program is to recognize Outstanding Supply Chain Achievements. The initiative  started last year, and for this second year companies and people are now  invited to submit their entry before March 16th.
    The jury, including Andreas Zink, will then deliberate and decide on the best entries.
    The awards ceremony will be held in Abu Dhabi on May 10
    th 2017 during the 9th GPCA Supply Chain Conference.

  • 13 Jan 2017 13:50 | Dolorès GUION (Administrator)

    For Chemical companies, tank cleaning is a cornerstone in the logistics process for which safety, quality, operational efficiency and compliance needs to be safeguarded. In order to achieve this, a paper-only European Cleaning Document (ECD) has been launched in 2005. This ECD has been developed by EFTCO in collaboration with ECTA and CEFIC, in order to satisfy the needs of the cleaning stations, transport companies and chemical, feed and food manufacturing companies and its customers.

    Whilst this ECD was a giant step forward, the current paper based process does no longer meet all current challenges and expectations within a modern and integrated logistics supply chain. Objective of the meeting is to look at new technological capabilities and the detailed business process requirements to digitalize this ECD paper document and transform it into an electronic e-ECD document. A group of stakeholders from ECTA, EFTCO and Essenscia-Cefic are meeting together on 27th of January at the ECTA Brussels office to address this opportunity.

  • 13 Jan 2017 10:27 | Dolorès GUION (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce our next meeting about the Migrants on Tuesday 24th of January 2017 in Brussels (from 10:00 to 15:00).

    There was a kick off meeting last end of November in Brussels.

    Companies participating in this Working Group:

    ECTA members represented by


    Cefic members represented by


    Please let us know if you wish to join this Issue Team.
    Contact person: Evert de Jong: evert.dejong@ecta.com

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