Dnata begins using IATA’s Dangerous Goods AutoCheck platform

By Rachelle Harry

Ground handler dnata has started using IATA’s Dangerous Goods AutoCheck (DG AutoCheck) platform to help it “enhance the safety and efficiency” of dangerous goods handling at 20 airports.

DG AutoCheck facilitates the acceptance of dangerous goods by checking the compliance of the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods (DGD) with IATA’s Dangerous Goods Regulations.

It also uses optical character recognition technology to convert the paper DGD into electronic data.

Another feature of the platform is that it can receive electronic Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods (e-DGD), which can be verified automatically using the digital version of the DGR.

Dnata will use DG AutoCheck during the physical inspection stage of shipments by “providing a pictorial representation of the package with the marking and labelling required for air transport”.

This process will contribute to the ground handlers decision to accept or reject each dangerous goods shipment.

Stewart Angus, dnata’s divisional senior vice president for international airport operations, said: “We are delighted to deliver this innovation to our customers. DG AutoCheck offers an innovative solution to digitally transform and automate dangerous goods acceptance checks, enabling us to ensure the highest level of safety, compliance and efficiency throughout the handling process.

“In addition, the platform will help us access and effectively manage valuable data which will support us in further optimising our operations.”

Muhammad Al Bakri, IATA’s regional vice president for Africa and the Middle East, said: “dnata’s decision to adopt IATA’s DG AutoCheck is great news for their customers and the cargo industry.

“It reinforces dnata’s commitment to operating with the highest levels of safety and efficiency, particularly in relation to the carriage of dangerous goods.

“And their customers will benefit from the efficiency of electronic documentation and the industry will be one step closer to full digitisation of the supply chain, essential for the long-term growth of the industry.”

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