Get Involved: SUTD's first National Commodity Flow Survey to Improve Traffic Flow in Singapore

 ·      Study will be carried out in collaboration with the the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Land Transport Authority and JTC Corporation.

·      Participants will receive vouchers and access to analytical tools via a Data Dashboard.

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is leading a collaboration with three government agencies and a research center to carry out the first ever nationwide study of goods and vehicles movement within the country.

The national Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) is a joint effort by SUTD, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and JTC Corporation. Information collected will be used in research studies and to assist the government with the planning of key infrastructure for more efficient logistics and transportation operation. The study will be conducted from now until end-2018.

The CFS will be administered online and select business establishments around Singapore will receive invitations to participate. It has two main components:

1.    The Establishment Survey, which contains questions about the establishment’s goods and vehicle operations; and

2.    The Vehicle Survey, whereby goods vehicles can be tracked, and their drivers surveyed.

Businesses that participate in the survey will help in the planning and development of infrastructure and policies in Singapore, which will benefit all stakeholders. Participants who complete the survey will also be presented with a Graphical Summary[1] of responses to benchmark their establishment against others. Furthermore, all participants who complete the survey will be eligible for a Lucky Draw, where three lucky participants can win $1,000 vouchers. Meanwhile, drivers who complete the Vehicle Survey will each receive a $50 supermarket voucher.

Freight transport demand is growing, and the survey will ultimately help us find solutions to mitigate associated traffic congestion. Understanding what and how goods are moved within our city is the first step towards finding ways to optimize these flows. We have designed the survey to provide feedback to the respondent, which can be useful for their own operations planning.” - Assistant Professor Lynette Cheah, SUTD, Principal Investigator and lead researcher of the CFS. 

Countries such as Japan, the United States, Sweden and France have used similar surveys to plan the locations of logistics facilities and freight-friendly infrastructure.

For more information about the survey, interested parties may visit or contact the research team at to register.

[1] A company’s Graphical Summary will only be viewable by the company, and all information solicited will be kept strictly confidential.