Safety is always uppermost on the minds of transportation officials who are always looking for better ways to enhance safety while also increasing efficiency. The transport of dangerous goods is one element that is being focused on in recent times.
With that in mind, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched an innovative new solution that will enhance safety and improve efficiency in the transport of dangerous goods by air and support the industry’s goal of a fully digitized supply chain.
The solution which is called Dangerous Goods AutoCheck allows the air cargo supply chain to check the compliance of the Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods (DGD) against all relevant rules and regulations contained in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. It is hoped that the tool will enable electronic consignment data to be received directly, supporting the digitization of the cargo supply chain.
The system also uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to transform papers into digital data which can then be processed and verified automatically using the XML data version of the DGD. With the new AutoCheck system, ground handlers or airlines can use the data to make decisions on whether to accept or reject shipments during the physical inspection stage.
The IATA also hopes that the new system will make things run more efficiently. The present way of manually checking that each shipper’s declarations are compliant and that packages are correctly marked, labeled, and packaged is a complex and time-consuming process. The IATA believes that the cargo supply chain will benefit from greater efficiency, streamlined processes, and enhanced safety.
With the air transport industry handling more than 1.25 million dangerous goods shipments per year, it is a goal of the industry to adopt modern and harmonized standards that facilitate safe, secure, and efficient operations where ever possible.