Lufthansa Cargo moves towards paperless handling for dangerous goods

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Lufthansa Cargo has made a major step towards paperless cargo handling by entering the Proof of Concept phase for eDGD, the digital way of managing the IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD).

The German airline says it is a major step towards paperless air cargo handling, enabling shippers, forwarders and couriers to manage the transportation of dangerous goods without paper documentation.

Lufthansa has been a major driver of the standardisation of eDGD, which was set up with Air France, Swiss WorldCargo and Cargologic, and facilitated by IATA.

The project is entering the Proof of Concept phase with implementation in Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich, and at the former, Dakosy implemented an eDGD platform Infr8-eDGD as a dangerous goods collaboration platform for shipper and forwarder in close collaboration with Lufthansa Cargo.

Lufthansa Cargo vice president for global handling, Dr Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt says: “eDGD 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, digitisation will be successful on such a large scale.

“This was taken into account for the eDGD standard, and we ́re happy perform the Pilot project with industry partners in our hub in Frankfurt.”

eDGD is based on a modern data sharing approach using supply chain community platforms and is compliant to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

It brings improved collaboration between stakeholders of the supply chain with more transparency and traceability, with clearly defined data governance and increased data quality along the dangerous goods supply chain will improve the process efficiency and reduce errors and delays.