A prominent German motor vehicle manufacturer needed to transport a critical safety feature component - airbags; from Hangzhou, China to Billund, Denmark. A fast and safe way to transport airbags is via air freight. However, this depends on how the airbag is transported.

The solution is simple. If the airbag is a fully installed component in a vehicle, which classifies it as ‘general cargo’. However, in this case, the airbags to be transported came as a standalone technology component, which make it a Class 9 miscellaneous dangerous good (DG); a far more complex cargo to transport.

Maersk air cargo

How complex can it get?

Since airbags for vehicle use are a Class 9 dangerous good, there are very stringent rules and regulations that need to be met. Any of which, if not met, could delay the shipment or worse, damage the goods. These include:

  • Following the strict directives stipulated by the IATA DGR
  • Meeting Class III packaging performance standards
  • Staying up to date with changing regulations governing DG transport
  • Accurately completing the dangerous goods declaration process
  • Ensuring trained personnel certified by the IATA to handle DG

Defusing danger with expertise

Maersk air cargo had the right combination of advantages to reliably and safely transport the consignment of airbags from Hangzhou to Billund.

Own controlled freight network : Maersk uses its own-controlled freight network and strictly standardised SOPs to ensure maximum safety, compliance and efficiency in transporting DG. This meant we could assure the client a seamless journey from origin to final destination with fewer touchpoints, and more flexibility in case of disruptions.

Conventional terminal process: Indirect Airfreight handling

6 touch points

Maersk Air Cargo (own controlled fleet) process: Direct Airfreight handling

4 touch points

Fully integrated services connecting 63 countries: With our expanding network of connectivity to airports, the client also had hassle-free access to destinations across the globe. This helped to minimise lead times and reduce stopovers.

DG-certified experts in 112 global destinations: Throughout the journey our team was involved in the preparation, acceptance, handling and offering of the dangerous good consignment. Every member of this team had to undergo specialised training that was certified by IATA, to ensure the client's Class 9 dangerous goods were in the best hands. This training is periodically renewed to stay up to date with the latest regulation and safety protocols.

Complete control and visibility: Maersk Air Freight was in constant touch with the client providing full supply chain visibility on the shipment. In crucial hubs such as South Korea and China, the client had one point of contact that helped provide the customer with 24/7 support throughout the cargo’s logistics journey.

We were able to create a comprehensive plan to ship the dangerous goods in the timeline required. The shipment was as follows:

Day 0
9:00 to 12:00 (China local time) – Pickup and preparation for Hangzhou transfer 

Day 1
17:00  – Arrives at Hangzhou Hub 
8:00 (Denmark local time) - Delivered to Billund Hub

Maersk air cargo

Another seamless delivery in the bag

By leveraging our expertise and resources, Maersk air cargo was able to secure and streamline processes to cater to the unique requirements and challenges associated with the client’s dangerous goods transport.

Our commitment to safety, compliance, and operational excellence ensured that our client could trust us with their valuable and potentially hazardous shipment and also manage a critical delivery in less than 48 hours.

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