Air, Freight News

IATA automates dangerous goods checks

[ March 14, 2018   //   ]

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a Dangerous Goods AutoCheck solution. It checks that the shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods (DGD) complies with the IATA Dangerous Goods regulations and enables electronic consignment data to be received directly. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology also transforms paper DGDs into electronic data. It also sends handlers and carriers a pictorial representation of the package with any marking and labelling.

The paper version of the DGR is 1,100 pages long and 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, says IATA.

The development was supported by an industry working group made up of more than 20 airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and express integrators including Air France-KLM Cargo, Swissport, Panalpina and DHL Express.