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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEBRUARY-MARCH 2018 • Page 11 GBA Logistics Germany approved to carry mail and air cargo there THE RECENTLY-launched German division of time-critical logistics operator GBA Services has been approved as a carrier of secured air cargo/mail (Bescheid uber die Zulassung als Transporteur sicherer Luftfracht / - post), under the newly-strengthened German Aviation Act that takes effect in March. As a Registered Haulier (in Ger- man ‘Zugelassener Transporteur’), GBA Logistics Germany is now ap- proved for the ground transporta- tion of all air cargo that is secured, working for known consignors and regulated agents. The German Aviation Act now imposes stricter regulations than those set by the EU, requiring that shippers, freight forwarders and hauliers working on their behalf create a security manual setting out all their procedures. Every company involved in the ground transportation of air cargo in Ger- many must also appoint a security manager and provide all drivers with security training as well as conducting background checks. All hauliers carrying secured cargo must now be approved by Germany’s Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA - Federal Aviation Office), which oversees the implementa- tion of the new regulations and grants operator approvals. The new, stricter regulations take the place of the previously-accepted haulier declaration. The approval process and ongoing compliance normally require the use of an external consultant, at a cost which is likely to be beyond the reach of smaller operators. However, GBA has its own approved internal trainer and avsec expert, Maik Maertens, who is an accredited LBA instructor, and is also accredited by LBA and the EU Commission as an inde- pendent EU ACC3 validator. Says Maertens: “For our exist- ing customers as well as freight agents and their customers, GBA can now provide services that not only adhere to the new regulation, they ultimately maintain secure supply chains and save time and money on urgent airfreight ship- ments”. GBA operates a fleet of vehi- cles in Germany, all of which are TAPA II compliant, with electronic locks and seals, anti-hijack devices and GPS tracking. GBA’s Regis- tered Haulier certification is valid for five years. Accredited LBA instructor Maik Maertens Lanmei adds Bangkok LANMEI Airlines will launch its first scheduled flight from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Thailand 07 March 2018 using its A321 aircraft. It will fly to Suvarnabhumi on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Fraport teams with Dakosy to offer digital cargo portal at Frankfurt FRAPORT, the operator of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), and IT service com- pany Dakosy have agreed on the implementation of a digital cargo portal at FRA for shippers of danger- ous goods. The entire dangerous goods pro- cess will be fully digitised in what FRA claims is a global first The portal communicates all shipment details and dangerous goods-specific data completely electronically through only one interface – from the shipper to the airline. The launch of a pilot phase is planned for early May. Ulrich Wrage, ceo of Dakosy said: “The legislation prescribes that, for every dangerous goods shipment, a Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD) must be included. Due to documentation errors, there cur- rently are delays for a significant portion of dangerous goods. With the new portal, these errors are usually identified and corrected well before arrival at the airport. Ad- ditionally, time-consuming manual entries are no longer necessary. As a result, delays and related costs can be avoided.” Underlining the benefits of the new portal, Anke Giesen, Fraport AG’s executive director Operations said: “The portal enables all players of the airfreight supply chain to make the process faster, more relia- ble and more transparent. “The project is an ideal com- plement to the eAWB initiative launched by IATA, as it promotes the digitisation of an additional air- freight document.” In the future, the portal might be expanded by additional product groups.