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New ECTA Best Practice Guideline on Transport visibility within Bulk Chemicals

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.  

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