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DGM was established in 1988 in The Netherlands by its founding father Frank Petillon. Frank Petillon saw an opportunity to offer professional expertise to the industry due to the complex and conflicting regulations for the transport of dangerous goods. Petillon’s early career was in the airline industry where he served with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for many years. He left KLM Royal and began working in the forwarding industry where he would eventually start his own forwarding company, Air Cargo Express, based in Amsterdam. Once ACE was well established he left the forwarding business to his son and began to concentrate full-time on the development of DGM initiatives. DGM started as a division of Frank Petillon’s forwarding company ACE – Air Cargo Express.
In 1988 DGM broke away from ACE and became its own entity. DGM has expanded its scope of services over the years to assist air carriers: for technical assistance, cargo inspections, repack and re-document shipments in transit, or to prepare new sets of Shipper’s Declarations for Dangerous Goods by Air, under DGM’s responsibility. DGM also arranges ADR or IMDG paperwork for dangerous goods which are shipped as air cargo, but are carried by road on airline air waybill, or which must connect to ferry services (IATA/ICAO rules, versus ADR road, versus the IMO/IMDG maritime rules and regulations).
DGM Support was established in 1990 to provide the technical, marketing, and other supportive functions to the global network. It further acts as the umbrella organization for the global network. Using the franchise model for expansion and growth, DGM Support has established the DGM brand in nearly 25 countries. Today DGM is a network of independent companies operating in different countries, using the same brand name, operating principles, and standards.
In 1990, Frank Petillon went to his nephews, Jean Petillon and Marc Petillon to ask them to join DGM in Holland where they would receive advance training in dangerous goods procedures and regulations. He would later have them both head up his Houston, Texas office in 1997. That year DGM incorporated in Houston and became DGM Services, Inc. On October 30th, 2006, founder Frank Petillon, passed away. However, his vision continues to guide the growth and development of the DGM network around the world.
Several years ago, DGM became the dialogue partner to the IATA Dangerous Goods Board. IATA, a representative association of airlines, formulates the regulations for the transport of dangerous goods by member airlines based on the International Civil Aviation Organization-Technical Instructions (ICAO-TI). Today, DGM has an observer seat in the IATA Dangerous Goods Board. In addition to being an IATA Accredited Training School, DGM has also become an IATA Strategic Partner and an IATA Publications Sales Agent.
DGM has a network of training school accredited by IATA, DGM that contributes in creating safety awareness for transport and handling of dangerous goods shipments.
DGM Luxembourg opened on 2nd September 2013 its doors to better serve You also in Luxembourg.
We welcome all customers to ensure safer transport of Dangerous Goods.