Last Update:
Mar. 10, 2011
bottom of page
Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Transportation, distribution and warehouse safety

2020 Goal

Reduce transportation accidents


We aim to reduce the rate of transportation accidents worldwide per 10,000 shipments by 70% compared with 2003.

In our directives, we have set out consistent standards for the transportation and storage of chemical products in rented warehouse facilities. Our rules and measures for transportation safety include the delivery, storage and distribution of chemicals between all BASF sites, suppliers and customers. We expanded our global network for transportation, distribution and warehouse safety in Russia and South Africa in 2010, and offered new training sessions around the world. In addition to the Group-wide routine transportation safety training, around 300 employees from production and logistics in Ludwigshafen took part in special, practice-oriented training related to dangerous goods. Furthermore, in 2010 we introduced a new Global Guideline for Transportation of Liquids in Flexitanks; flexitanks are used to transport liquid cargo in bulk containers.

If an incident occurs despite all of our preventive measures, we provide swift assistance and our transportation safety advisers subsequently evaluate all of the information. More than 100 of our employees are trained as transportation safety advisers and are organized in a global network. Based on their reports, we develop measures so we can prevent similar incidents in the future.

We have reduced the number of transportation accidents from 0.56 per 10,000 shipments in 2003 to 0.28 in 2010. This represented a slight increase over the previous year (2009: 0.24). Product spillages during transportation are recorded and assessed separately, so we can develop new measures based on this data.

We also regularly assess our logistics suppliers with regard to safety and quality. In 2010, we assessed around 480 companies around the world. We conduct on-site inspections or use recognized instruments such as the Safety Quality Assessment System (SQAS) in Europe. If we determine that our standards are not being met, we discuss this with logistics companies in quality and safety briefings and the necessary measures are immediately introduced.

We actively support external networks that quickly provide information and assistance in emergencies. These include the International Chemical Environmental (ICE) initiative and the German Transport Accident Information and Emergency Response System (TUIS), which is coordinated by BASF. We extended TUIS to Asia in 2010 and introduced a new regional risk matrix that will be implemented from 2011. This sets out the requirements for emergency assistance and accident information for the Asian countries where BASF operates. Including assistance to third parties, BASF provided assistance in around 250 cases in 2010. At the beginning of 2011, a tanker capsized on the Rhine, disrupting shipping on the river for weeks. Taking part in a TUIS operation, BASF’s experts helped to salvage the capsized cargo ship.

Transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments
(reduction compared with baseline 2003: –50%)

Transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments (bar chart)

1 Baseline

previous page top of page next page