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[post_date] => 2018-03-20 09:20:06
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[post_content] => The global freight transport industry is increasingly moving towards electronic communication and the use of digitalised information, to improve efficiency and reduce costs. It is inevitable that regulators and other authorities are following suit, no more so than in the air mode, where the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has been working hard to develop electronic versions of established tools.
A major step forward in that effort is the adoption of the e-Dangerous Goods Declaration (e-DGD) standards, announced during IATA’s World Cargo Symposium in Dallas, Texas in March 2018.
The e-DGD is an electronic approach to manage the IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD), leveraging industry initiatives to digitalise data and embrace data sharing platform principles. “This aligns with and supports industry initiatives to modernise air cargo processes efficiently and share critical data among stakeholders that need it,” says IATA. “Implementing the e-DGD requires cooperation between all stakeholders, including shippers, forwarders, carriers, ground handling agents and third-party providers.”
IATA says that implementing the e-DGD with clearly defined data governance will improve transparency, traceability and data quality; as a result, process efficiency will be improved and there will be fewer errors and delays.
“The e-DGD demonstrates the air cargo industry’s commitment to modernise processes. The challenge now is implementation so that the benefits can be realised by the supply chain and, more importantly, by our customers,” says Glyn Hughes, global head of cargo at IATA.
PROOF OF THE PUDDING
The e-DGD has been developed by IATA with key support from four partners, which confirmed the proof of the concept: Air France-KLM Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, Swiss WorldCargo and Cargologic.
"The e-DGD is an important step in the digitisation of airfreight documents,” says Elisabeth Herelier, executive vice-president of Air France Cargo. “By using data sharing principles, the e-DGD brings a new opportunity to introduce further automation and artificial intelligence exploration in air transport processes. Our ultimate goal is to increase quality, transparency, efficiency and customer satisfaction. Air France-KLM Cargo is proud to be among the inspirers and architects of this achievement at CDG airport."
Dr Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt, vice-president of global handling at Lufthansa Cargo, adds: "e-DGD is one important component of Lufthansa Cargo´s digitisation strategy to provide a holistic digital environment for our customers. Only when all stakeholders of the supply chain find benefits in the solution will digitisation be successful on such a large scale. This was taken into account for the e-DGD standard, and we´re happy to perform the pilot project with industry partners in our hub in Frankfurt.”
Ashwin Bhat, head of cargo at Swiss WorldCargo, says: “e-DGD is a powerful step forward for the air cargo industry and the digitisation in this offering can translate to direct benefits for Swiss WorldCargo customers. We anticipate that it will ensure a standardised, successful way of working, thus continuing the efficient collaboration between all our partners and stakeholders within the supply chain.”
A second project to come to fruition in time for the World Cargo Symposium is DG AutoCheck, a digital solution that allows the air cargo supply chain to check the compliance of the shipper’s DGD against all relevant rules and regulations contained in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).
DG AutoCheck enables electronic consignment data to be received directly, supporting the digitisation of the cargo supply chain. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology also transforms a paper DGD into electronic data. This data is then processed and verified automatically using the XML data version of the DGR. DG AutoCheck also facilitates a ground handler’s or airline’s decision to accept or reject a shipment during the physical inspection stage by providing a pictorial representation of the package with the marking and labelling required for air transport.
“The DGR lists over 3,000 entries for dangerous goods. Each one of which must comply with the DGR when shipped,” notes David Brennan, assistant director for cargo safety and standards at IATA. “The paper DGR is 1,100 pages long. Manually checking that each Shipper’s Declaration is compliant and the package(s) are correctly marked, labelled and packaged is a complex and time-consuming task. Automation with DG AutoCheck brings us a giant step forward. The cargo supply chain will benefit from greater efficiency, streamlined processes and enhanced safety.”
GETTING BIGGER ALL THE TIME
“The air transport industry handles in excess of 1.25m dangerous goods shipments per year,” observes Nick Careen, senior vice-president for airport, passenger, cargo and security at IATA. “With air cargo growth forecast at 4.9 per cent per year over the next five years this number will rise significantly. To ensure that air cargo is ready to benefit from this growth the industry needs to adopt modern and harmonised standards that facilitate safe, secure and efficient operations, particularly in relation to carriage of dangerous goods. DG AutoCheck is a significant step towards achieving this goal.”
DG AutoCheck was developed with the help of an industry working group made up of more than 20 global organisations, including airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and express integrators.
“The air cargo supply chain is currently undergoing a major digital evolution. Collaboration across the industry is essential if the goal of a digitised electronic end to end messaging platform is to be realized,” Careen adds. “There is no time to lose; our customers already expect the efficiency of electronic documentation throughout the supply chain.”
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