Dnata adopts IATA’s Dangerous Goods AutoCheck

The air services provider hopes that the new solution will help improve safety and efficiency

One of the world’s largest air services providers, dnata has become the first to adopt the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods AutoCheck (DG AutoCheck) platform for the receiving of dangerous goods shipments.

The new solution is expected to help the firm increase safety measures and improve handling efficiency for dangerous goods at over 20 international airports.

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DG AutoCheck filters the acceptance of dangerous goods by checking the shipper’s declaration for dangerous goods (DGD) against all the measures included in the IATA’s regulations. Using character recognition technology, the paper DGD can be transformed into electronic data.

Muhammed Al Bakri, IATA’s regional vice president for Africa and the Middle East, said: “dnata’s decision to adopt IATA’s DG AutoCheck is great news for their customers and the cargo industry. It reinforces dnata’s commitment to operating with the highest levels of safety and efficiency, particularly in relation to the carriage of dangerous goods. And their customers will benefit from the efficiency of electronic documentation and the industry will be one step closer to full digitisation of the supply chain, essential for the long-term growth of the industry.”

By using the auto check system, dnata will be able to determine whether they should accept or reject a shipment during its physical inspection stage. This is done by providing a pictorial representation of the shipment, including the marking and labelling needed for air transport.

The global air services provider is currently in partnership with over 300 airline customers and offers ground handling, cargo and catering services to 126 airports.