Lufthansa Cargo has handled the first dangerous goods shipment with an electronic Dangerous Goods Declaration (eDGD) at Frankfurt Airport using the INFr8 platform.
The German airline made a significant contribution to the establishment of the global eDGD standard as part of IATA’s e-freight initiative.
A completely new approach was developed and evaluated through close collaboration along the transport chain with the INFr8 platform, with Lufthansa Cargo’s IT systems and processes being able to deal with paperless dangerous goods shipments.
The first shipment was from healthcare company Abbott based in Wiesbaden, and was flown on board flight LH8222 to Mexico City on Thursday 13 September.
Lufthansa Cargo board member for operations and COO, Sören Stark says: “We are pleased that the eDGD has celebrated its global launch with Lufthansa Cargo. This underscores our claim to be the industry pioneer in digitisation. There is still so much more for us to achieve here together with shippers, forwarders and airports.”
The pilot phase of the INFr8 shipping portal has been successfully launched, with all pilot partners being digitally connected to the platform and using it to process transport documents including the Dangerous Goods Declaration.
Dakosy chief executive officer, Ulrich Wrage says: “Our shipping portal solves a major challenge in the air cargo supply chain, ensuring greater reliability and transparency for all. We are greatly simplifying processes across company boundaries.”
Panalpina was also a key process partner to Dakosy, and Frankfurt Airport plays a major role in dangerous goods handling for both companies.
Fraport executive director operations, Anke Giesen says: “Thanks to this worldwide innovation, the INFr8 platform integrates the shipper into the electronic information chain of the air cargo process for the first time. We expect this to result in shorter check-in times and much faster handling of dangerous goods.”
The pilot phase of the INFr8 platform, available at www.infr8.de is expected to last six months, after this it will become a standard tool available to all market participants interested in using it.