Lufthansa Cargo starts PoC phase to implement IATA eDGD
March 21, 2018: In a latest development, Lufthansa Cargo recently entered into the Proof of Concept (PoC) phase to implement eDGD, which is a digital approach to manage the IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD).
The implementation of eDGD began the PoC phase in Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich. In Frankfurt, platform operator Dakosy implemented an eDGD tool, ‘Infr8-eDGD’. It’s a dangerous goods collaboration platform for shippers and forwarders in close collaboration with Lufthansa Cargo. The platform will be the basis for the eDGD process, with support from Lufthansa Cargo.
eDGD is a major step towards paperless air cargo handling that enables shipper, forwarder and carrier to manage the transportation of dangerous goods, without paper documentation.
Lufthansa Cargo is a major driver of the standardization of eDGD. Along with Air France, Swiss WorldCargo and Cargologic, the eDGD standard has been set up and aligned on since early 2017.
eDGD is a project driven by the industry. Digitizing the DGD requires cooperation of stakeholders like shipper, forwarder, carrier, GHA and third party providers. Their collaboration to a data platform is essential to ensure compliance and benefits for all partners.
According to Lufthansa Cargo, eDGD is based on a modern data sharing approach, which uses supply chain community platforms, and is compliant to the current IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
eDGD brings an improved collaboration between all stakeholders of the supply chain, with more transparency and traceability. Clearly defined data governance and increased data quality along the dangerous good supply chain will improve the process efficiency and reduce errors and delays.
Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt, vice president global handling, Lufthansa Cargo said: “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, digitisation will be successful on such a large scale. This was taken into account for the eDGD standard, and we are happy perform the pilot project with industry partners in our hub in Frankfurt.”