IATA Creates Digital System – DG AutoCheck

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IATA is Going Digital with DG AutoCheck

When receiving inbound calls at our regulatory help desk, one of the most popular inquiries involves filling out various types of paperwork when shipping dangerous goods.

If you are looking to ship dangerous goods by air, you could now be facing a different type of compliance check involving your shipper’s declaration in the near future. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) unveiled a digital product allowing air cargo providers an easier way to verify that a shipper tendering dangerous goods has met the industry’s standards for transporting hazardous goods. Their new product is called Dangerous Goods AutoCheck (DG AutoCheck).

What is this new Digital Product?

This new Dangerous Goods Auto Check system is designed as a digital means of checking the compliance of goods designated under the Shipper’s Declaration. This tool will allow direct receipt of electronic consignment data and will automatically check the information contained in the Shipper’s Declaration against the relevant language in the IATA regulations governing the handling and transport of the goods.

Simply scan or upload the dangerous goods declaration into the tablet-based tool. That’s it!

-IATA’s Webiste

The tool will simplify a ground handler’s or airline’s decision to accept or reject a shipment during the physical inspection stage by providing a visual representation of the package with the correct marking and labelling required for transport based on the information electronically provided Continue Reading…

Mistakes on Shipping Papers Can be a Thing of the Past

Declarations are part of every dangerous goods shipment, no matter if you are shipping by ground, air or ocean. A trained individual must complete the document, indicating items such as the consignee, the consignor, the type and amount of dangerous goods, as well as the type of packaging and packing instruction (by air or marine).

In recent years, typewriters have become a thing of the past, and many people use computer templates to complete the documents. However, we are humans after all, and even well-trained individuals make mistakes.

A few years ago, FedEx Express® required shipments originating in the US to use “error-checking software”. The goal: to improve those little mistakes.

In a recent IATA addendum, FedEx Express® modified FX-18.

FX-18 Shipper’s Declarations for dangerous goods for all FedEx Express® dangerous goods shipments originating in the U.S. must be prepared using software with dangerous goods compliance edit checks and by one of the following methods:

  • Certain FedEx electronic shipping solutions;
  • Recognized shipper proprietary software; or
  • FedEx recognized dangerous goods vendor software.

What does this mean? Shippers’ in Canada will need to comply. Starting May 1, 2014, FedEx Express® will only accept dangerous goods where the air declaration form is completed using a recognized “error-checking” software.

As a leader in compliance solutions, we are once again pleased to offer DGOffice, a simple easy-to-use solution for completing dangerous goods declarations. Options are available for air, ground and Continue Reading…

Know Your Software’s Limitation

Many dangerous goods shippers in the United States are finding themselves using new software to complete their IATA shipper’s declaration for air shipments. A new operator variation for Federal Express (FX-18) requires shipper’s declarations be completed using an approved error checking software.

Most of these programs have rules built in to them that force the user to complete specific areas of the declaration with limited options, sometimes based on previous choices. the options given will always be ones that are authorized by the regulations, but the user must still consider their specific product when making choices. Just because the regulations (and software) allow something, doesn’t make it the best choice.

For example, when shipping hydrochloric acid, PG III on cargo aircraft, you must use IATA packing instruction 856. The packing instruction allows the use of metal single packagings. An error checking software will allow a declaration to show metal drums, but it will not, in most cases, alert the shipper that the metal drum must be corrosion resistant, as specified in the packing instruction.

If you find yourself using a new software system to complete your declarations, make sure you know the limitations of the program and make sure that you understand how to use the regulations. Error checking is not the same thing as fully automated!