Chinese Road Transport Association seeks Australian wisdom


A delegation from the Chinese Road Transport Association (CRTA) is in Canberra today, as part of a mission to survey the Australian transport and logistics industry. <br /><br /> The CRTA is meeting with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and will tomorrow visit TNT’s new depot in Botany, Sydney, as part of a learning tour. <br /><br /> The delegation comprises presidents and directors of Chinese provincial transport associations along with the general managers of a number of large transportation companies in China.

By Rob McKay | October 27, 2011

 

A delegation from the Chinese Road Transport Association (CRTA) is in Canberra today, as part of a mission to survey the Australian transport and logistics industry.

The CRTA is meeting with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and will tomorrow visit TNT’s new depot in Botany, Sydney, as part of a learning tour.

The delegation comprises presidents and directors of Chinese provincial transport associations along with the general managers of a number of large transportation companies in China.

It is understood that it will also visit Simon National Carriers and its fleet and facility in Brisbane.
"The self-funded trip is designed to provide the CRTA with a broad understanding of the state of the Australian transport industry and an opportunity to take lessons from industry leading businesses," TNT Communications Manager Danielle Tull says.

"TNT was selected by the CRTA after the opening of our flagship depot in Perth, Western Australia received wide publicity thanks to the use of cutting edge automated sortation equipment and a focus on environmentally friendly practices.

"With similar technology being used in our new Botany facility, the CRTA approached TNT in China requesting permission to visit the depot and learn from TNT's best practice safety and environment policies, as well as gain an insight into how the use of technology has helped us to optimise workforce productivity and improve overall business efficiency."

In approaching TNT, the CRTA had highlighted three particular areas of interest which were the use of technology to improve productivity, safety and the environment.

"They are the peak body for road transport in China so they are hoping to take learnings from the industry leaders here and hopefully adapt them to the Chinese industry," Tull says.

Asked what Australia might teach the Chinese that they couldn’t better learn, say, in the US, Tull replied that it was "not necessarily a case of being 'better', they may take similar trips to various countries".

"In relation to TNT specifically, we do have the largest road infrastructure network of any transport provider in Australia (and we rival the largest in China), we also cover a similar amount of territory as China so I would anticipate that we were seen as one of the closest equivalents," she added.

"Our growing reliance on automated technology and our long history of technological innovation is also an attractive draw card.

"We also have a fantastic track record when it comes to OH&S and we take a very proactive approach to improving the safety, health and well-being of our employees.

"That plus our commitment to the environment and our ranking on the Dow Jones sustainability index would no doubt indicate we might have some great best practices to pass on."A delegation from the Chinese Road Transport Association (CRTA) is in Canberra today as part of a mission to survey the Australian transport and logistics industry.

The CRTA is meeting with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and will tomorrow visit TNT’s new depot in Botany, Sydney, as part of a learning tour.

The delegation comprises presidents and directors of Chinese provincial transport associations along with the general managers of a number of large transportation companies in China.

It is understood that the CRTA will also meet a number of leading Australian transport companies.

"The self-funded trip is designed to provide the CRTA with a broad understanding of the state of the Australian transport industry and an opportunity to take lessons from industry leading businesses," TNT Communications Manager Danielle Tull says.

"TNT was selected by the CRTA after the opening of our flagship depot in Perth, Western Australia received wide publicity thanks to the use of cutting edge automated sortation equipment and a focus on environmentally friendly practices.

"With similar technology being used in our new Botany facility, the CRTA approached TNT in China requesting permission to visit the depot and learn from TNT's best practice safety and environment policies, as well as gain an insight into how the use of technology has helped us to optimise workforce productivity and improve overall business efficiency."

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