Dangerous Goods Transport by Air
Shanghai, August 22-24
The EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP) successfully concluded a workshop in Shanghai dedicated to dangerous goods (DG) transport by air.
The activity provided an opportunity to exchange European and Chinese best practices and experiences on the challenges and regulatory and operational requirements for DG transport. Experts from both Europe and China discussed a wide range of topics, covering among others: the CAAC and EASA regulatory framework for transport of DG by air, preparation, acceptance and transport of DG, DG approvals and exemptions, DG training requirements, regulatory oversight in China and Europe, transport of lithium batteries as cargo, new technologies and data exchange, and reporting and investigation. The workshop ended with a visit to the cargo terminal of Pudong Airport, where participants could see how the cargo operator handles air transport of DG in practice.
The three-day activity gave participants a better understanding of EASA’s and CAAC’s respective regulatory frameworks, as well as of National Aviation Authorities’ approval procedures of operators with dangerous goods and applicable oversight procedures. The sharing of processes strongly reflected both sides’ efforts to maximise safety standards and opened the door to further cooperation between CAAC and European NAAs and EASA on air transport of DG.
Over fifty participants attended the workshop, representing a wide range of stakeholders including the different relevant departments, centres, institutes, oversight bureaus and regional offices of the CAAC, training and safety departments of several Chinese airports, civil aviation universities, research institutes, airline companies, Chinese and European DG transport operators and manufacturers.