The air cargo industry is about to undergo a major change and we are part of it: the digitisation of dangerous goods declaration (e-DGD). At present, the dangerous goods process is lengthy, it involves huge amount of paperwork for IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration, all of which allows for delays and errors.
It is urgent that we move forwards to a paperless process by launching e-DGD standards. We aim to embrace data sharing through a common platform between all stakeholders in the supply chain – forwarders, shippers, carriers, and ground handling agents.
The first discussions of e-DGD arose during the IATA Cargo Services Conference in 2016, and we and our partners immediately showed interest in its development.
At the World Cargo Symposium 2018, which took place in Dallas from 13 to 15 March, our partners and us presented standards. This huge step in digitising dangerous goods will offer our processes greater transparency, traceability, data quality, and result in an improved experience for our customers.
Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is a pioneer in the initiative. We are developing a Proof of Concept (PoC) at our CDG hub with the Cargo Information Network (CIN), our collaborative platform working with our partners – all clear proof of our interest in this revolutionary step.