International Air Transport Association

Plain paper printed AWBs: is there any misunderstanding?

IATA Reso600a allows for the use of AWBs printed on plain paper for both airline AWBs and neutral AWBs. We have received feedback that there are still some challenges to overcome before it can be widely implemented by our Members.

These challenges include:

  • Some customs administrations still insist on the traditional AWB
  • Some countries have poor IT infrastructures
  • There are still some legal concerns regarding verification of authenticity of the ‘signatures’
    on such AWBs

Within the next few weeks, we will survey Members and customs administrations to evaluate the implementation of Reso600a. We will update you on the results in our next edition.