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)
Multilateral or bilateral e-AWB agreement?
- Resolution 672, also known as the multilateral e-AWB agreement, is a critical tool to start e-AWB. Visit the dedicated webpage!
- Some business partners may alternatively wish to do e-AWB under the bilateral e-AWB agreement which is provided in Recommended Practice (RP) 1670. Download copy of RP1670 (pdf).
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)