The European Chemical Transport Association (ECTA) has launched a new workgroup to improve supply chain visibility within bulk liquid flows.

The workgroup, created by Hoyer, Berschi and Den Hartogh, aims to develop a standard ECTA format for transport data and message definition to improve end-to-end supply chain transparency and collaboration across the chemical logistics bulk liquid actors.

The initial focus of the ECTA work group is to provide reliable, continuously updated information on estimated time of arrival (ETA) and the communication of transport milestone messages, in order to avoid unnecessary exchange of raw data and difference in the interpretation of the ETA.

The initiative will also look into other areas in the logistics process where standardisation would lead to higher efficiency.