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Regional & National

Monitoring & Assessing

Supply Chain Performance Monitoring Initiative


Transport Canada’s (TC) Supply Chain Performance Monitoring Initiative is an example of a regional approach of monitoring freight movements within specific corridors. It is a multi-modal, multi-country monitoring concept measuring total transit time and travel-time reliability of goods. Monitoring starts at the exporting country and extends over various modes (e.g., maritime, rail, road and air transport) and nodes (e.g., warehouses, ports, other logistics facilities). Such an extensive monitoring system requires consolidation of large amounts of data and data sources as well as cooperation of a variety of stakeholders but produces evidence-based quantification of the reliability and variability of gateways and supply chains. It allows for detailed situation analysis and to recognize patterns of low performance (i.e., winter, Asian holidays, etc.).


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