The new rules on the IATA Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air for 2014 will affect, mainly, the transport and packaging of lithium batteries. This type of goods, widely used in mobile phones or laptops, has caused numerous incidents in recent years.

This was evident in the conference organized by Dangerous Goods Management (DGM) in Viladecans on Friday by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, which aimed to present the novelties to be found in the IATA -DGR 55th Ed.

José M. Barba, manager of DGM operations, and Diana Sanchez, head of consulting, detailed the changes introduced by the new regulations. The rules refer to air shipments of dangerous goods, including multimodal road transport (ADR), to reduce the risk of accidents and minimize the number of rejections by handling operators.

In this sense, the COO of DGM explained that "this conceptualization in multimodality and mainstreaming of new legislation makes training is the only way to ensure that the provisions are applied correctly and safely".

After the presentation, a round table discussed the situation at Barcelona Airport and the challenges facing air cargo. Luis A. Martinez, director of Gen-Air in Barcelona, and Toni Ferreres, national director of aerial development of Kuehne + Nagel, agreed in pointing out that "El Prat has a greater potential for air cargo than the statistics indicate."

As for shortcomings, Martínez stated that "more international promotion is necessary to attract airlines and, above all, aircraft with a large enough capacity to make air freight profitable." Ferreres explained that "we are far from other airports, but the new rules have to help us to further professionalize the industry and provide the best services." Jaume Adrover, secretary of the BCL Barcelona Airport Cargo Committee and Anaïs Fabregas, from the Aena department of cargo development, explained the infrastructures and projects being considered in El Prat to optimize the transport of goods by air. Fabregas called for "management and operators to work together, to define schedules of actions and to work on improving the quality of the services offered."

Enric Ticó president of FETEIA-OLTRA praised at the close of the day "the wisdom of DGM at organizing a conference of this type".


Source: Diario del Puerto

Posted by; 2013-11-27

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