e-AWB hits record high
Most electronic air waybills issued in April
The electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) penetration jumped in April to 14.3%, 0,9% more than March, surpassing 205,000 shipments. The implementation of new technologies and the customs acceptance of e-AWB are key elements to achieve a fully paperless supply chain.
A win-WIN solution for e-AWB implementation
Saudi Arabian Airlines’ first e-AWB shipment from Jeddah to Cairo would have been more difficult without the simplified process provided by Worldwide Information Network (WIN). Thanks to a “click to agree” functionality, the software allows beginners to enter the Multilateral e-AWB Agreement. As WIN Managing Director John DeBenedette says, this makes the process “quick and easy”, and allows members to begin e-AWB straight away.
WIN’s simplified process also proves to small and medium sized freight forwarders that “e-AWB is easy to get going and will be good for your business”, as DeBenedette states. WIN Managing Director does not see e-AWB as a mechanism to help airlines to achieve their goals, but “as a means to improve accuracy and efficiency of airfreight staff and operations, reduce delays, and improve tracking in exchange for your electronic transmission”.
More customs authorities accept e-AWB
As the number of e-AWB shipments increase, customs across a number of countries are updating their requirements on the AWB and embracing the automated process in their procedures. In the United Arab Emirates, the customs authorities formalized the acceptance of e-AWB for both imports and exports at Sharjah (pdf), Abu Dhabi (pdf), and Dubai and Al Maktoum (pdf) international airports.
The air cargo industry is actively engaging customs authorities worldwide to encourage the e-AWB regulatory acceptance. E-AWB pilots are underway in Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil and China. At the same time, Lebanese and Jordan authorities are currently revisiting their AWB regulations. This growing momentum from customs authorities is very encouraging for the airfreight industry, which is pushing for global e-AWB adoption.
Moving towards quality, visibility & efficiency
Building on the success of the first two editions, the third e-Cargo Conference will take place in Geneva on 24 - 25 June 2014. The interactive event provides a platform for exchange on the vision, framework, best practices and latest developments in the e-cargo and technology area, by gathering together experts, leaders and practitioners from all the supply chain.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn from key stakeholders how they can accelerate e-cargo and overcome process challenges, as well as to discuss and develop a vision for industry’s transformation. In addition, a one-day workshop on 26 June 2014 will provide practical recommendations on how to implement e-AWB.