Transportation and storage

Our regulations and measures for transportation and warehouse safety comprise the delivery of raw materials, the storage and distribution of chemical products among BASF sites and customers, and the transportation of waste from our sites to the disposal facilities.

Stations along the value chain

The diagram depicts the different stations along the value chain. The topics in each chapter address the station shown in dark green. (Here: Transport, Transport)


2020 Goal

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

We have defined and updated global directives for the transportation and storage of chemical products both in our own warehouses as well as in rented facilities. In order to make the transportation of our products by barge even safer, we set out new requirements in 2013. Furthermore, we introduced a requirement for the selection of external warehouses that increases the focus on safety.

Our 2020 goal is to reduce the worldwide number of transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments to 0.17, a 70% reduction compared with baseline 2003. In 2013, we lowered the number of yearly transportation accidents to 0.22 per 10,000 shipments compared with 0.56 in 2003 (2012: 0.24), representing a decrease of 61%. The number of product spillages during shipment in 2013 amounted to 0.23 per 10,000 shipments (2012: 0.25).

Transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments (Reduction compared with baseline 2003: –61%)
Transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments (bar chart)Enlarge image

Accident prevention and assistance

We stipulate worldwide requirements for our logistics service providers and assess them in terms of safety and quality. In 2013, we assessed around 450 companies around the world. Our experts use our own evaluation and monitoring tools as well as internationally approved schemes, such as the European Safety and Quality Assessment System. If we find out that our standards are not being met, we discuss this with our logistics service providers and ensure that the necessary measures for improvement are immediately initiated.

Together with other companies, we conducted workshops on transportation and warehouse safety in port facilities in Mombasa, Kenya, and Tema, Ghana, in 2013 as part of a cooperation project of the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Council of Chemical Associations.

We evaluate the risks in transporting raw materials with high hazard potential: In 2013, for example, we carried out risk assessments for the combined road and rail transport of chlorine in Italy as well as for the transport of propylene oxide in India. To further promote uniform transportation safety standards in the chemical industry, we worked with the European Chemical Industry Council, CEFIC, to develop a guideline for conducting risk assessments. We plan to implement this guideline worldwide from 2014 onward.

If an incident occurs despite all preventive measures, we provide swift and specially coordinated assistance worldwide. More than 150 employees are active around the world as trained transportation safety advisors, taking part in support processes and procedures and helping to derive the right measures for avoiding incidents.

Activities in external networks

We are actively involved in external networks which quickly provide information and assistance in emergencies. These include the German Transport Accident Information and Emergency Response System (TUIS), in which BASF plays a coordinating role. In 2013, we provided assistance to other companies in around 250 cases. We apply the experience we have gathered in working with TUIS to set up similar systems in other countries. For example, we advanced the global standardization of accident assistance procedures in 2013.

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