How eAWBs Can Simplify your Air Cargo Processes

The Air WayBill is a very crucial document in the Air Cargo Industry. It servers as the contract of carriage between shippers or freight forwarders and the carrier or airline. The Electronic Air Waybill (eAWB) is the digital version of the legacy paper Air Waybills. IATA introduced e-AWB in 2010 with the objective to initiate the digitalisation of the air cargo supply chain. By digitising the entire AWB process, you can improve the data quality and accuracy. The entire Air Cargo process is simplified for all participants involved with the implementation of eAWBs.

Through the digitisation of Air Waybills, freight forwarders can prevent human errors, save and time spent waiting at the airline desk and the fees charged by airlines for transmitting AWB individually, and even save on processing costs due to the removal of paper AWBs.

The Following 6 Steps Are Key to Ensure the Success of an eAWB Implementation
  • Join the Multilateral e-AWB Agreement

Before starting e-AWB, Airlines and freight forwarders are required to sign the Multilateral eAWB Agreement (MeA)

  • Ensure your technology supports e-AWB

Ensure your organization is capable of sending and receiving Cargo-XML or Cargo-IMP messages

  • Ensure high-quality electronic messages

Ensuring the high quality of the electronic message is a key enabler toward a full paperless process

  • Ensure business processes are set

Review your business processes, with your business partners, to makes sure that they are adapted to the new paperless way of operating.

  • Roll out e-AWB

Once your organization is ready from both the business processes and the IT perspective, you will need to define your e-AWB roll out strategy.

  • Report e-AWB shipments

Report your e-AWB shipments through the Message Improvement Program (MIP)

Benefits of eAWB

Digitisation has only helped the freight forwarding industry. Digital freight forwarders clearly have a competitive edge against existing freight forwarders, given their ability to provide a unique and hassle-free experience to their customers. By digitising the Air Waybill process, freight forwarders are largely benefitted in multiple different ways. Some of these are:

  1. Simplification of the air cargo process by cutting out printing, archiving and handling countless paper AWBs.
  2. Prevent human error, and instantly generate accurate e-AWBs and reduce delays caused by obscure paper Air Waybills
  3. Save time spent waiting at the airline desk and the fees charged by airlines for transmitting AWB individually.
  4. Gain real-time access to AWB data and identify the location of each aircraft along with all delays and other information.

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