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Road freight transport methodology - 2011 edition

The adoption of Council Regulation No 1172/98/EC in May 1998 marked an important step forward in the evolution of Community transport statistics in the European Union. This Regulation provides a legal base for the collection of a wide range of data on road freight transport.

Container Terminal Quality (CTQI) Standard in force

Quality and efficiency of container terminals are of great importance to the smooth functioning of the global supply chain. Germanischer Lloyd has developed the Container Terminal Quality Indicator (CTQI) standard. This benchmarking system based on the results of different workshops. CTQI t will offer the industry new dimensions: They will be able to choose terminals that suite best to their needs and supply chain strategy.

ECTA Round-Table on safety and security management of inland intermodal terminals

ECTA, the European Chemical Transport Association, regrouping major transport companies active in chemical transports, tabled the topic of "safety and security at Intermodal Terminals" at the ECTA Conference in Munich in June 2007. The question placed before the participants, all top managers of transport companies, was the following: how are we sure that the interfaces with the terminals for our goods and people arriving at intermodal terminals are operating safely and securely? There are questions related to the procedures for safety for drivers on the terminals, related to the process of "lifting" of the containers, to the access to road system, to the type of neighbourhood of the terminals, safety of the storage, protective equipment and infrastructure, security ,etc, which need to be answered when a transport company decides to ship intermodal in Europe. Most of the ECTA members know several terminals very well and have the answers to these questions for these, but not necessarily for other terminals which they do not use frequently. The idea of the ECTA Conference was to determine a harmonised shortlist of questions/ topics that transport companies need to know about for an inland terminal and then have each ECTA member contribute information on the terminals they know for the other ECTA members, so that the auditing part of an inland terminal can become shared knowledge amongst the ECTA members. ECTA does not intend to "impose" any specific standard of safety management scheme on in land terminals, but at least aims to enter into an open discussion on safety and security handling of containers with in land terminal operators in a round-table to be organised soon.(interested participants: mail to Of course, other transport flows than chemical also will benefit from a harmonisation effort on safety and security by committed intermodal terminal operators. ECTA is very much looking to safeguarding economy of scale in operations whilst defining with the terminal operators accurate safety and security processes. Ultimately be the party to lead this discussion forward will be the sector of inland terminal operators themselves. Contact: Rose-Marie Pype Logistics Manager EPCA / ECTA European Chemical Transport Association AISBL - European PetroChemical Association AISBL - Avenue de Tervueren 270 Tervurenlaan 1150 Brussels Belgium Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 86 67 (direct) Tel.: +32 (0)2 741 86 60 (general) Fax: +32 (0)2 741 86 82 email:

Completion guide for dangerous goods shipping note

The SITPRO multi-modal dangerous goods shipping note follows the suggested transport document format laid down in the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. These requirements are then copied down to the various modal regulations covering land and sea transport. However, the different modal regulations have differing requirements for some of the information to be entered on the document.

New port system for dangerous goods

A new system for the transport of dangerous and environmental sensitive goods should help to reduce risks. In future all data of the goods, the ports of loading will be transmitted to a central point in Cuxhaven. The new system allows for a permanent just in time and detailed information. The system became necessary because of new guidelines from the EU.