e-freight is an industry-wide program that aims to build an end-to-end paperless transportation process for air cargo made possible through a regulatory framework, modern electronic messages and high quality of data.
An industry-wide effort
StB Cargo, the program is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers, customs brokers and customs authorities.
The e-freight roadmap outlines a shared end-to-end industry approach to remove three types of documents:
Customs documents: engaging regulators and governments worldwide to create an ‘e-freight route network’ with fully electronic customs procedures and where regulations support paperless shipments.
Transport documents: working collaboratively within the cargo supply chain to digitize the core industry transport documents, starting with the
Air Waybill (AWB).
Commercial & special cargo documents: developing a plan to digitize the commercial and special cargo documents typically accompanying airfreight today, in or outside of the ‘Cargo pouch.’
Objectives of e-freight
- Accelerating and supporting the adoption of e-AWB (e-Air Waybill):
- Coordinating industry engagement of airlines, freight forwarders and ground handlers with
- Including small and medium freight forwarders with a simple tool to use e-AWB with
- Pushing for the adoption of
- Testing and implementing the electronic version of the
Shippers Declaration for Dangerous Goods (e-SDDG)
- Working with WCO and local customs authorities around the world to embrace
e-customs , and encouraging the use of Cargo-XML standards in Advance Cargo Information (ACI)
- Improving data quality through the Message Improvement Program (MIP)