dnata scores a first with IATA CEIV Lithium Battery certification

11 dnata stations are now IATA CEIV Lith Batt certified. Image: dnata

A handful of airlines are already IATA CEIV Lithium Battery certified. Now dnata has become the first ground services provider to join them in certification. dnata was handed the official certificate for 11 of its international stations at the World Cargo Symposium in Hong Kong on 12MAR24. The entire validation process was completed in less than a year, despite the rigorous audit system. 11 stations took part, with those in Australia and Pakistan becoming the first to complete the assessment phase. Singapore, Belgium, the UK, and the UAE followed shortly afterwards – all of them celebrating premieres, since no other ground services provider has yet certified its operations. The IATA CEIV validation is a visible stamp that tells customers of dnata’s dedication to the highest safety standards and regulations throughout its operations when it comes to handling potentially hazardous materials. It has also invested heavily in training and process improvements in the handling of dangerous goods.

This is not the first time that dnata has led the way among its peers when it comes to Dangerous Goods handling. It was the first global air services provider to adopt IATA’s Dangerous Goods Autocheck (DG Autocheck) platform for the acceptance of dangerous goods shipments, in 2021 and two years later, in DEC23, it was further accredited with IATA’s Corporate Certification for competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) for Dangerous Goods.

Guillaume Crozier, Senior Vice President, UAE Cargo and Global Cargo Strategy at dnata, commented: “We are pleased to achieve IATA’s CEIV Lithium Battery accreditation, a testament to our commitment to safety and compliance. This recognition underscores our ongoing efforts to maintain the highest standards in the handling of dangerous goods, ensuring the safety of our operations and the satisfaction of our customers.”

Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, said: “The volume of air shipments containing lithium batteries is rising. Ensuring these items are transported safely and efficiently is a top priority for the industry. Key to this is complying with regulatory changes and the integration of best practices in lithium battery handling across the supply chain. This is why CEIV Lithium Batteries was established. We commend dnata for being the first Ground Handling Agent to achieve CEIV lithium battery certification across its network of 11 hubs. This accomplishment not only benefits dnata’s customers by guaranteeing their shipments are handled with utmost efficiency and safety, but also sets a quality benchmark for the industry.”

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