At Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, flight safety comes first. Some items may endanger the safety of an aircraft or persons on board. In addition, air transportation of certain materials can either be forbidden or restricted. That is why we pay close attention to all cargo that we bring on board, especially dangerous goods.
The laws and regulations concerning dangerous goods are extensive and complex. For instance, some substances may only be transported in certain quantities, substances may be excluded for certain destinations and a number of dangerous goods may only be transported by freighter. Even though the laws and regulations are complex, they have to be fully complied with by all parties in the supply chain.
The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual (DGRM) lists all goods that are considered potentially hazardous to aviation. Make sure that you know how to classify dangerous goods, how to pack them and whether or not it is a shipment that may only be carried on a cargo aircraft (CAO).
In the Dangerous Goods Declaration (Shipper Declaration), you declare to be sure that your shipment meets all requirements. This means that you take full responsibility, and therefore also liability, for the safety of your shipment. Still, if Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has any doubts regarding your cargo, we will immediately stop the process, which may result in a delay.
Not all people are fully aware that lithium batteries are considered dangerous goods. Yet, they can pose a serious safety risk, which means that the preparation for transport, as well as the transportation itself is bound to specific transport regulations. The measures you need to take depend on the type, size and number of batteries you want to ship.
Specific rules and regulations apply to the air transportation of lithium (batteries). Please check the IATA webpage on lithium batteries to make sure you are compliant.
Weight & Balance
For Air France KLM Martinair Cargo it is of utmost importance that all planes get to their destination safely and securely, whether it has passengers and cargo on board or cargo only.
An essential part of that is knowing the exact weight and balance on board. Since a pilot calculates the speed of take off by the weight of the plane, a dangerous situation might occur when the plane is heavier or lighter than stated in the documents.
This is why it is your obligation to inform Air France KLM Martinair Cargo accurately about the volume and weight of your shipments. We ask you to take that responsibility seriously, as do we. This means that if we would find a discrepancy between your shipment and its documents we will take your shipment out of the process immediately, which will cause a delay.
Let us work together to make sure all shipments get to their destination safely and on time!
Air cargo security is an integral part of all processes at AFKLMP Cargo. This is to provide you with information about our security approach and activities at AFKLMP Cargo and to keep you up to date on the latest developments and news in airfreight security.
In the past decade, regulatory requirements for transportation security have increased significantly, placing greater demands on all logistics providers in the industry. AFKLMP has been recognized as an industry leader when it comes to air cargo safety and security. We continuously upgrade our security concept and set international benchmarks.
All cargo to be forwarded on an aircraft must have been screened in accordance with the ICAO Annex 17 and the EU regulations 300/2008 and 1995/2015. Both the ICAO and EU regulations have the concept of secure chain responsibility for air cargo. This concept means that validated parties are allowed to push cargo through the cargo process without necessary rescreening. The secure chain concept is less time consuming and more costs efficient for all parties in the air cargo supply chain. To become a validated party in the secure chain, the entity has to be validated by an independent (EU) validator.
AFKLMP is a recognized industry leader in the pre-loading air cargo process and tooling. This means all air cargo needs to have an assessment complete status prior to acceptance in our network. An assessment complete status means that all electronical shipment data has been screened by relevant authorities and/or AFKLMP compliance experts. For more information about the pre-loading air cargo process and tooling of AFKLMP, please contact your local customer service organization.
At both the cargo hubs in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Charles de Gaulle, France we apply the Remote Explosive Scent Trace Detection (REST) / Remote Air Sampling for Canine Olfaction (RASCO) screening method. This is a screening method where Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD) are being used to screen complete ULD´s and even truckloads. All air cargo in the AFKLMP supply chain require a Secure Passenger Aircraft (SPX) security status prior transportation on an AFKLMP aircraft.
In case of any questions about above-mentioned subjects, please contact your local customer service organization.
Please note this is not a comprehensive overview of laws and regulations that may apply to air transport. Air France KLM Martinair Cargo cannot be held responsible for the correctness, nor completeness, of the information provided.