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DG Shipper's Declaration (DGD) and e-DGD

Satisfying international regulations

To ship dangerous goods, consignors are required to prepare a form certifying that the cargo has been packed, labeled and declared according with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).

Download the Dangerous Goods Declaration:

Please note that the fillable form of the "Shipper's Declaration" requires Adobe Acrobat (c) software in version 6 or 7. When using the free Acrobat Reader version the "save file" functionality will not be available.

Electronic Dangerous Goods Shipper's Declaration (e-DGD)

Background

The air cargo industry recognized the need for a digital and paperless process to manage the IATA Dangerous Goods Shipper's Declaration (DGD) among various stakeholders in the air cargo supply chain.

Changes incorporated in 2009 in the ICAO Technical Instructions enable and support the use of electronic data for DGD, which can be shared using, for example, the IATA Cargo XML standard (XSDG) developed for the industry.

e-DGD Concept

The e-DGD is an electronic approach to manage the IATA DGD, leveraging industry initiatives to digitalize data and embrace data sharing platform principles.

Data is made available on the data sharing platform by the data owner and is accessible to whoever requires it depending on the roles and responsibilities in the supply chain. The data sharing platform principle allows for a close collaboration between all stakeholders, including shippers, forwarders, carriers, ground handling agents and third party providers.

In March 2018, the IATA Cargo Services Conference endorsed the principles of data sharing platform for e-DGD with the adoption of a policy item.

Benefits

  • Increased data quality
  • More transparency and traceability
  • Reduced number of errors and delays
  • Leaner and faster DG processes
  • Improved customer experience

Projects

The IATA e-DGD initiative began at the end of 2016 with the establishment of the e-DGD Proof of Concept (PoC) Focus Group including three airlines and one ground handler (Air France – KLM Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, Swiss WorldCargo and Cargologic), who had recognized the momentum of the industry to move forward. These actors see the need for the paperless process among various stakeholders in the air cargo supply chain, and are contributing to three non-related DG-community driven projects for the electronic Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods: e-DGD by Cargo Information Network in France (CIN), e-DG App by IGAC Switzerland in ZRH and InFr8-DGD by DaKoSy / Fraport in FRA.

To facilitate and support these projects, the role of the IATA e-DGD Focus Group is to:

  • Ensure that the business processes are aligned among the 3 PoC
  • Make sure the XML standard developed (XSDG) is fit for purpose
  • Engage with CAA of the pilot trade lanes to verify the acceptance status of electronic data and paper requirement

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