Lufthansa Cargo starts IATA Proof of Concept for eDGD with Dakosy

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Lufthansa Cargo and Dakosy are helping to drive the standardisation of IATA’s latest paperless air cargo handling initiative, its electronic Dangerous Goods Declaration (eDGD).

Set up in 2017, IATA’s eDGD is a major step towards digitalisation that enables the shipper, forwarder and carrier to manage the transportation of dangerous goods without paper documentation, using a community platform to share data with players in the air cargo supply chain.

Digitising the DGD requires cross-industry collaboration of the aforementioned stakeholders on a data platform to ensure compliance and benefits for all partners. As eDGD enters the Proof of Concept phase, Lufthansa Cargo, together with Air France, Swiss WorldCargo and Cargologic are driving its implementation in Frankfurt, Paris and Zürich.

In Frankfurt, the platform operator Dakosy implemented an eDGD platform called “Infr8-eDGD”, in close collaboration with Lufthansa Cargo. This platform will be the basis for the eDGD process supported by the German carrier.

Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt, Vice President Global Handling, Lufthansa Cargo, commented: "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, will digitisation 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.”

Compliant with the current IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, eDGD aims to improve collaboration between all stakeholders of the supply chain, offering more transparency and traceability, with the ultimate aim of improving process efficiency and reducing errors and delays in the air cargo supply chain.

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