Reliability and transparency in the declaration of dangerous goods: digital shipping portal INFr8 is growing

DAKOSY press release (May 2019)

The current status and new pilot participants of the INFr8 platform were the subject of an event that took place today as part of transport logistic/air cargo Europe. Frankfurt Airport is the first air cargo location worldwide to offer shippers and forwarders digitized dangerous goods processes along the entire supply chain. INFr8 is a jointly developed product of DAKOSY and Fraport.

The electronic declaration of dangerous goods is currently being tested at Frankfurt Airport. The Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD) required for transport is created digitally via the INFr8 shipping portal and can be shared with all relevant parties. "The paper-based documentation in use until now involved very long lead times and had a high error rate for hazardous goods transports. About 10 percent of all shipments were stopped at the airport due to errors. That's why we participated in the development of INFr8 - to accelerate processes, make them more reliable and create transparency for everyone involved," says Bernhard Leßmann, Senior Manager CargoCity Development, Fraport AG.

Due to the positive assessments of all pilot participants, the use of the platform continues to grow. The pilot group already includes a number of well-known shippers, logistics service providers, Customs declarations agents, handling agents and the airline Lufthansa Cargo. The newest testers are AaDC GmbH and KLEX Klaus Exportverpackungen GmbH.

The legally-required DGD is digitized and standardized with the use of INFr8. "Each participant can now use an interface to declare dangerous goods on the platform and at the end a quality-assured eDGD is created, which can then be transmitted to the airline or handling agent. INFr8 is not limited to Frankfurt Airport, but rather has an international focus," explains Dirk Gladiator, authorized officer of DAKOSY. The company is currently in discussions with other airports regarding the use of the shipping portal.