MYSTIC: Experience of a Shipper Survey in the Netherlands and France



MYSTIC: Experience of a Shipper Survey in the Netherlands and France

Authors

BIJSTER E, Ministry of Transport (AVV), BURGESS A and MEIJEREN J VAN, NEA Transport Research and Training, The Netherlands

Description

As a part of the MYSTIC2-project, carried out under the 4th Framework research programme, a large scale shipper survey was held in France and in the Netherlands. The project was co-financed by the Dutch and French Ministry of Transport. The research task

Abstract

As a part of the MYSTIC2-project, carried out under the 4th Framework research programme, a large scale shipper survey was held in France and in the Netherlands. The project was co-financed by the Dutch and French Ministry of Transport. The research task of this .part of the Mystic project can be summarised as follows:

Develop a behavioural analysis of the organisation of a transport chain and subsequently develop new statistical methods and models aiming at building up and understanding of multimodal transport chain matrices of good flows.

In total 600 exporting firms and 10 shipments by firm have been surveyed in a number of regions and for a number of activities. Of the 10 shipments, 3 were followed on all the legs from origin to their final destination (except when the destination was out of the European Economic Area). The principle of the survey is tracing the logistic/transport organisation from the production place to the destination, surveying also the transport legs that are used in the transport. The Mystic project shows the technical possibility to apply the transport chain concept in database concepts, and above all it contributes to a better understanding of the organisation of this transport chain inside international trade and particularly of the modal choice. As such the behavioural analysis contributes to the identification and measurement of those explanatory variables that are required in the future European Transport policy Information System (ETIS) as instrument of policy decisions. The uniqueness of the survey is that it was held in the Netherlands and France at the same 3 time and leading to a common database including both countries.

This paper is set up in three sections. In the second chapter we will describe the process of the survey. In the third chapter we will present direct results of the survey. We will try to use some of the results for understanding issues in the Dutch transport policy. In chapter 4 we will go to a deeper level of detail and use of the transport chain information. The Dutch freight transport policy is oriented on "main ports" (i.e. Rotterdam harbour), with results of the shipper survey we will elucidate the role of the main ports in multimodal transport. In the fifth and last chapter we finish with the conclusions.

Publisher

Association for European Transport