New IATA Innovation DG AutoCheck Launches

New IATA Innovation DG AutoCheck Launches

A new innovative solution called Dangerous Goods AutoCheck (DG AutoCheck) for use in the air cargo industry has been devised and launched by The International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The new DG AutoCheck will greatly improve safety and efficiency for the transportation of dangerous goods by air and will support the target of a fully digitized supply chain within the industry.

Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security for IATA, Nick Careen said, “The air transport industry handles in excess of 1.25 million dangerous goods shipments transported per year. With the air cargo growth forecast at 4.9% per year over the next five years, this number will rise significantly. To ensure that air cargo is ready to benefit from this growth the industry needs to adopt modern and harmonized standards that facilitate safe, secure and efficient operations, particularly in relation to carriage of dangerous goods. DG AutoCheck is a significant step towards achieving this goal.”

Dangerous Goods AutoCheck is a digital solution allowing the supply chain of air cargo to inspect and check the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods (DGD) against all relevant regulations and laws.

The technology Optical Character Recognition (OCR) can change a standard paper document into an e-document and data, the data is then processed and automatically verified by using XML data version of the DGR.

An airline or ground handlers decision to accept or reject a shipment during the physical inspection stage is now facilitated by DG AutoCheck by providing a picture of the goods with the correct labelling and marking required for air transport.

IATA Cargo Safety and Standards Assistant Director, David Brennan said, “The DGR lists over 3,000 entries for dangerous goods. Each one of which must comply with the DGR when shipped. The paper DGR is 1,100 pages long. Manually checking that each Shipper’s Declaration is compliant and the package(s) are correct, marked, labelled and packaged is a complex and time-consuming task. Automation with DG AutoCheck brings us a giant step forward. The cargo supply chain will benefit from greater efficiency, streamlined processes and enhanced safety.”

Nick Careen gave his final summary, “The air cargo supply chain is currently undergoing a major digital evolution. Collaboration across the industry is essential if the goal of a digitized electronic end-to-end messaging platform is to be realized. There is no time to lose; our customers already expect the efficiency of electronic documentation throughout the supply chain.”