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  • DGM - IATA Strategic Partner


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    The Strategic Partnerships Program is a platform for aviation solution providers to build as well as strengthen relationships with key industry stakeholders. Through their participation in various IATA work groups, Strategic Partners gain a unique insight into airlines’ priorities and have the opportunity to be recognized for working together with IATA in serving the air transport industry.


     Currently, over 300 IATA Strategic Partners provide their expertise by supporting the activities and initiatives of IATA. DGM, as a member of the IATA Strategic Partner Program, is committed to reinforce air cargo security and safety in a supply chain approach. 

     Find out who we are and how can we assist you at: http://goo.gl/EdF8pL




  • DGM receives a 20 Year Strategic Partnership Award

    DGM has receiveda 20 year Strategic Partnerawardfrom the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the period 1994-2014.

    TheStrategic Partnerships Program is a platform for aviation solution providers to build as well as strengthen relationships with key industry stakeholders. Through their participation in various IATA work groups, Strategic Partners gain a unique insight into airlines’ priorities and have the opportunity to be recognized for working together with IATA in serving the air transport industry.

    Starting in 1990 with nine founding members, the Strategic Partnerships Program (SP) DGM Support Strategic Partner 20yearshas grown into a community of more than 350 partners worldwide, sharing ideas and supporting the initiatives and initiatives of IATA.

    Through its contributions over the years,DGM has been recognised as an influential member in the cargo standards area of involvement,  participating in IATA’s Dangerous Goods Board and supplying a wide range of dangerous goods services and products such as:operations,consultancy orsoftware.

    Besides DGM being IATA Strategic Partner, DGM companies are IATA Accredited Training Schools or Accredited Training Centers. Furthermore, all DGM companies are IATA Sales Agents.

    DGM is pleased to continue supporting the development, implementation and promotion of standards in the aviation industry.


  • DGM World Meeting 2015 in Kraków, Poland

    The 2016 DGM World Meeting was held on August 28th-30th in Kraków, Poland. Like every year, representatives of DGM offices all around the world met for two days to discuss the challenges they are facing and find new solutions. It was also a chance to meet old colleagues and friends, and for the newcomers who have recently joined the network, an opportunity to introduce themselves to the veterans.

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  • DGM World Meeting 2016 in Goa, India

    For the first time in DGM’s history, this year our World Meeting took place in India! From September 2nd to 4th delegates from DGM companies spread over all the continents gathered in Goa for three days of meetings, brainstorming and exchanging ideas.

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  • DGM, distinguished as a Worldwide Top Performing IATA Accredited Training School

    DGM has been distinguished, for the fourth year in a row, as a Worldwide Top Performing Accredited Training School (ATS) by IATA. This award is given to the ATS across the world that train a higher number of students and present a higher student success rate, thus acknowledging the excellence and quality of their training. During the latest ATS Conference, held in March in Shanghai, China, the top 10 worldwide performing ATS received their certificates.

    IATA ATS Certificate DGM 2015

    This award is a recognition of the success of all the DGM network. Congratulations to everyone in the DGM family who has made this success possible with their hard work!

  • How to select the correct Proper Shipping Name?

     According to transport regulations, dangerous goods must be assigned to one of the Proper Shipping Names shown in Dangerous Goods List of the applicable transport regulations such as ADR, ICAO-IATA DGR, IMO-IMDG Code, RID or 49 CFR.  

    Selecting the Proper Shipping Name (well known by the abbreviation PSN) is a key step to ensure that the dangerous goods offered for transport accurately represents its hazards. It is the preliminary step to determine labelling, marking and documentation requirements. In fact, the Proper Shipping Name is an essential element to identify the dangerous good (article, substance, mixture or even waste) on the outside of the package and on the Dangerous Goods Declaration.


    This article intends to provide  the guidelines to identify and select the Proper Shipping Name and guarantee that your shipment meets all dangerous goods regulations provisions.





    • Definition of Proper Shipping Name (PSN)

    IATA DGR 55th Edition defines the Proper Shipping Name as “the name to be used to describe a particular article or substance in all shipping documents and notifications and,  where appropriate, on packagings”.

     On the other hand, the IMDG Code defines the Proper Shipping Name as “that portion of the entry most accurately describing the goods in the Dangerous Goods List which is shown in upper-case characters (plus any letters which form an integral part of the name).

    • General Criteria to select the Proper Shipping Names

    Entries in the Dangerous Goods List are of the following four types, in the preferred order of use:

    1. Single entries for well-defined substances or articles. Example: UN 1090, ACETONE
    2. Generic entries for a well-defined group of substances or articles. Example: UN 1263, PAINT
    3. Specific “Not Otherwise Specified “n.o.s. entries covering a group of substances or articles of a particular chemical or technical nature, for example UN 1224, KETONES, LIQUID, N.O.S
    4. General n.o.s. entries covering a group of substances or articles meeting the criteria of one or more classes or divisions, for example UN 1992, FLAMMABLE LIQUID, TOXIC, N.O.S

    In all cases the shipper shall classify the substance offered for transport by comparing its properties with the classification criteria of the hazard class. If the item has more than one hazard, the shipper must apply the prevalence of multiple hazards criteria to determine the primary hazard and assign the proper shipping name accordingly.

    The selected Proper Shipping Name may be used in singular or plural as appropriate according to the Dangerous Goods List of the applicable transport regulation such as 49 CFR, ICAO-IATA, IMO-IMDG, ADR, RID.

    The proper shipping name shall be included in the Dangerous Goods Transport Document. In some occasions, it is important to note that the dangerous goods description can be supplemented. Here below some examples to be considered when offering dangerous goods for sea transport:

    • Generic and "not otherwise specified" proper shipping names that are assigned to special provision 274 or 318 shall be supplemented with the technical name of the goods, for example: UN 1993, FLAMMABLE LIQUID, N.O.S (contains acetone and ethyl alcohol).
    • Wastes: the proper Shipping Name must be preceded by the word “WASTE”
    • Marine Pollutants: identified in the dangerous goods list with the P symbol. When shipping dangerous goods by sea transport, the proper shipping name may be supplemented with the recognized chemical name of the marine pollutant and the term “MARINE POLLUTANT” which may be supplemented with the term “ENVIRONMENTALLY HAZARDOUS”
    • Flashpoint: the minimum flash point shall be indicated if the dangerous gods to be transported have a flash point of 60o C (in closed-cup, c.c.) or below. Example: UN 1294, 3, II (7o C c.c.)
    • Mixtures or Solutions: if a mixture or solution is composed of a single predominant substance identified in the Dangerous Goods Listand one or more substances not subject of the classification criteria, the mixture shall be assigned to the Proper Shipping Name of the predominant named in the Dangerous Goods List by adding the words “MIXTURE” or “SOLUTION” unless:
    • The mixture is identified in the Dangerous Goods List
    • The name identified applies only to the pure substance
    • The hazard class or division, subsidiary risk, packing group or physical state of the mixture or solution is different from that of the substance named.
    • The hazard characteristics and properties of the mixture require different emergency response measures.

    A mixture or solution not identified in the Dangerous Goods List and that is composed by two or more dangerous goods shall be classified accordingly.

    It is important to note that if asubstance or mixture is intended to be offered for transport and isnot included in the Dangerous Goods List, it does not mean that it does not meet the classification criteria to be considered as Dangerous Goods. In these cases, the consignor shall determine if the dangerous goods fall under any hazard class and check all relevant information to conclude it.  TheSafety Data Sheet can be a helpful tool as described in ourprevious article.


    DGM can ensure that your dangerous goods are classified and offered for transport meeting Dangerous Goods provisions in accordance with Dangerous Goods Transport Regulations. For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.





  • Safety Adviser Responsibilities


    The figure and responsibilities of European safety advisersare not always well understood by people or companies out of Europe.

    The definition of “safety adviser” can be found in 1.8.3 of the ADR. It says “each undertaking, the activities of which include the carriage, or the related packing, loading, filling or unloading, of dangerous goods by road shall appoint one or more safety advisers for the carriage of dangerous goods, responsible for helping to prevent the risks inherent in such activities with regard to persons, property and the environment

    Main duties of the Safety Adviser include:


    • Monitoring compliance with the requirements governing the carriage of dangerous goods
    • Advising the undertaking on thecarriage of dangerous goods
    • Preparing an annual report to be presented to the local authority
    • Monitoring the operational procedures or instructions related to identification of dangerous goods, purchases of  means of transport, loading, unloading
    • Assuring appropriate training for people involved in dangerous goods transport
    • Implementing of proper emergency procedures
    • Investigating of accidents and preparing reports if necessary
    • Assuring the existence of a Security Plan if necessary

    DGM has an experienced, trained and qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser team for all hazard classes (from explosives to radioactive materials) and transport activities.

    Companies in which Dangerous Goods are involved and which are required to formally appoint a Safety Adviser are welcome to contact us. DGM can take responsibilities and help your company to comply with regulations. 






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