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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • August-September, 2018 • Page 21 Lufthansa Cargo first with eDGD. Fewer rejected shipments tipped GERMAN carrier Lufthansa Cargo, using the INFr8 plat- form, has handled the world’s first dangerous goods ship- ment with an electronic Dan- gerous Goods Declaration (eDGD) at Frankfurt Airport. A shipment from healthcare company Abbott Diagnostics in Wiesbaden was flown on board cargo flight LH8222 to Mexico City. The global eDGD standard is part of IATA’s e-freight initiative. A completely-new approach developed and evaluated through close collaboration along the transport chain with the Infr8 eDGD platform means Lufthansa Cargo’s IT systems and pro- cesses can deal with paperless dangerous goods shipments. The Frank- furt-based cargo carrier is the first airline to support the eDGD standard. “We are pleased that the eDGD has celebrated its global launch with Lufthansa Cargo. This under- scores our claim to be the industry pioneer in digitisation. There is still so much more for us to achieve here together with shippers, forwarders and air- ports,” said Sören Stark, coo of Lufthansa Cargo. Coinciding with the first shipment, the pilot phase of the INFr8 shipping portal has been successfully launched. All pilot partners are digitally connected to the platform and can use it to process transport documents – including the Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD) required by l aw. “Our shipping portal solves a major challenge in the air cargo supply chain, ensuring greater reliability and transparency for all. We are greatly simplifying processes across company boundaries,” said Ulrich Wrage, chief executive of DakosyAG. “Thanks to this world-wide innovation, the INFr8 platform integrates the shipper into the electronic information chain of the air cargo process for the first time. We expect this to result in shorter check-in times and much faster handling of dan- gerous goods,” said Anke Giesen, executive director operations at Fraport AG. The dangerous goods process has traditionally been paper based, due to the lack of digital standards. Dangerous Goods Declara- tions on paper from shippers arrive at the airport with the respective goods. Accordingly, airlines can only begin check- ing the documentation after handover. Thanks to the new electronic system, however, errors in accompanying doc- umentation can be detected and ironed out before the airline receives the shipment. This will translate into fewer rejected shipments in the future. It will also mean faster processes and better use of resources. The pilot phase of the INFr8 platform is expected to last six months. After this, the platform will become a standard tool avail- able to all market participants in- terested in using it. There already are plans to expand the portal through the addition of further product groups.