IATA eAWBLink Solution for Freight Forwarders
Anyone involved in the air cargo industry can share stories about when a shipment was disrupted or delayed due to the inability loss of or inability to read one of the many paper documents required in the shipping process. Today there are up to thrity paper documents involved when transporting a shipment via air, which is very unfortuanate in this day and age since the start of electronic messaging began back in the 1980’s!
In order to break away from the crippling reliance on paper documentation and processessing, IATA’s e-freight program aims to move the industry from paper to electronic communication. The exchange of data through messaging provides efficiencies throughout the supply chain benefiting freight forwarders, ground handlers, customs brokers, customes authorities, shippers and consignees.
The e-AWB penetration stands today at 39.6% globally, 67% in MENA, and 53.9% in Africa (August 2016 figures). One of the challenges in deploying e-AWB implementation across the supply chain links is the freight forwarders e-messaging capabilities. To support the freight forwarders IATA is has lunched its new service; “eAWBLink”.
The eAWBLink is an entry-level industry tool designed to enable small and medium sized freight forwarders to issue e-AWBs. It is a web-based solution which freight forwarders can use to create, manage, and send e-AWBs, e-HAWB, and e-CSD. Its key features also include tracking shipment status, creating and managing AWB stock, and exporting AWB and HAWB data.
The data captured in eAWBLink tool will be transmitted to airlines using the latest IATA EDI messaging standards such as Cargo-XML and Cargo-IMP messages. Also, the shipment status updates received from the airlines will be displayed in the tool.
This tool will enable small and medium forwarders to adopt e-AWB, and help the industry achieve 100% e-AWB penetration.
It is currently being piloted in the Americas. The AME pilot is scheduled to start in October / November this year in Jordan, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia. Airlines and freight forwarders in other countries in MENA and Africa are invited to contact the nearest IATA office and we will be glad to support more pilots.
The objective of the eAWBLink pilot test is to validate that the e-AWB submission process works seamlessly, and to gather user feedback prior to going live. Participation in the pilot testing is free of charge, and there is no obligation to subscribe to the tool after the Pilot.
For more information, please contact local IATA representative nearest to you.