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e-AWB update

More and more industry stakeholders are adopting the e-AWB!

The air cargo industry is witnessing a steady increase in the global adoption of electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) as more and more stakeholders move from the traditional paper Air Waybill to the e-AWB.

  • In North America, the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA), which represents about 245 freight forwarding firms issued a position paper on e-AWB in Canada. The CIFFA position paper expresses the will of its members to “embrace the opportunities that will be found moving forward to a truly electronic e-AWB document that brings [the industry] into an age of true electronic commerce, facilitating growth, driving quality and eliminating waste from the system”. In this document, the CIFFA urges carriers to seize the e-AWB opportunity as well.
  • In Middle East, the Israeli Federation of International Freight Forwarders & Customs Clearing Agents (IFFCCA) contacted two Israel based airlines to report that it supports the implementation of the e-AWB and encourages its members to contact airlines in order to switch to e-AWB as soon as feasible. IATA is working with local industry stakeholders to organize a workshop in Israel in the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • In Europe, British Airways went live with e-AWB out of Heathrow Airport (LHR) in April and as of July has seen steady growth of e-AWBs on international feasible shipments out of the United Kingdom market. British Airways is steadily progressing towards its target of a 15% e-AWB penetration out of the home market by the end of 2012.
  • In Asia, Korean Air Lines went live with new business processes in July, resulting in the increased e-AWB penetration for international shipments out of South Korea rising from 0.2% in June to 5.4% in July. This was a major step forward for the airline, as it quickly accelerates towards its target of 60% e-AWB penetration out of the home market by the end of 2012.

There is overall good progress in the industry and IATA urges all its Members, their business partners and also Regulators to join the e-AWB initiative and become a part of this momentous evolution of the air cargo industry!


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