Paving the Way to Market

Researchers have provided the most detailed map of routes and costings across Australia’s entire agricultural supply chain with an update to data based on modelling cross the country.

The CSIRO researchers have applied the logistics tool TraNSIT (Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool) to 98 % of agriculture transport and the information has been presented in the final TraNSIT agricultural report, released this week.

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The TraNSIT tool identifies ways to reduce travel distance and time, save fuel costs, cut down on wear and tear to vehicles and produce and minimise stress for both truck drivers and livestock.

CSIRO’s TraNSIT project leader Dr Andrew Higgins says he expects big savings for farmers which will eventually be passed onto the consumers.

“In 2013, CSIRO developed TraNSIT to provide a comprehensive view of transport logistics costs and benefits based on infrastructure investments in agriculture supply chains in Australia.”

An initiative of the Federal Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the tool was originally applied to the beef industry before being extended to all agriculture transport across Australia.

The first project under the $100 million Beef Roads program will be the sealing of 17km of the Clermont to Alpha Road in Central Queensland, which is due to start early next year.

The $8m works will improve road safety and access for oversize vehicles while reducing freight and maintenance costs.

Besides the latest TraNSIT agricultural report focusing on each agricultural commodity, it also features a flood case study and rail to road scenarios.

Dr Higgins says several case studies were identified by industry and government for this final report, representing TraNSIT’s diversity of applications across Australia

Using TraNSIT, researchers can analyse several ways to reduce the economic impact of floods in country regions and throughout Australia including upgrading or raising particular bridges to reduce the frequency of closures from flooding.

TraNSIT is now being applied overseas, particularly in Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam to address supply chain inefficiencies and cross-border bottlenecks.

For more information on TraNSIT and to view the final agricultural report, visit https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/LWF/Areas/Landscape-management/Livestock-logistics/TRANSIT