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e-AWB Implementation Toolkit

Follow the check-list!

Implementing e-AWB is easy! IATA developed the 3 quick reference guides to help airlines, freight forwarders and ground handlers:

1. Airline e-AWB Quick Reference Guide (pdf) :  English, Spanish

2. Freight Forwarder e-AWB Quick Reference Guide (pdf): English, Spanish

3. Ground Handler e-AWB Quick Reference Guide (pdf): English, Spanish

Best practices and recommendations

The eAWB Advisory Group and other industry e-AWB participants have agreed on the following best practices and recommendations:

Simplify e-AWB with Single Process

"Single Process" makes e-AWB adoption smoother for freight forwarders since they never need to deliver a paper AWB to the airline, even on trade lanes where a paper AWB is requested. A growing number of freight forwarders only accept to establish a worldwide e-AWB roll-out program with airlines who are offering the single process.

Find out what the single process is and how to implement it! (pdf)

Functional specifications

Multilateral or bilateral e-AWB agreement?


Electronic messages

e-AWB requires the exchange of electronic messages. You find here an overview of the involved electronic messages (pdf).

It is recommended to use either Cargo-XML or Cargo-IMP messages to support e-AWB.



How to report your e-AWB shipments?

Ensure to inform IATA regulary about your e-AWB shipments:

  • It is highly recommended to airlines to join MIP, as it helps them improving the quality of the messages received from freight forwarders, and supports as well an efficient e-AWB reporting to IATA.
  • e-AWB shipment should ideally be identified with the special handling code ECC. It is recommended this code be set by the airline.
  • See detailed information in the e-AWB Reporting Specifcations (pdf) 


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