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e-freight Country Information

As e-freight involves so many stakeholders including customs, the acceptance of electronic messages in lieu of paper documentation might differ from a country to another.

Important note: the information on the page is maintained by IATA using data reported by the industry. In case the information we have is not aligned with your own experience, please report it to IATA.


Pudong Airport (PVG), Shanghai Customs, have implemented Customs e-Release for both export and import for general cargo (not including express cargo). According to the new policy governing the e-release functionality, a stamp on the paper AWB for Customs clearance is no longer required, hence removing the requirement of paper Master AWB. Pudong Airport (PVG) Customs confirmed that all e-AWB capable airlines are now able to do e-AWB for both import and export in Shanghai. Airlines are advised to inform the PVG airport customs on the expected e-AWB start date. Airlines are advised to work with their freight forwarder and GHA partners to ensure the required operational and data exchange capabilities are in place.

Detailed locations status reports

Find out more about the e-freight status of various Locations and Airports worldwide by accessing the Detailed Locations Status Reports in the e-Cargo Matchmaker.

Domestic e-freight functional specifications

1. China (pdf)

2. Korea (pdf)

3. United States (pdf)

Dubai customs notice

Dubai customs released  Customs Notice No. 8 (pdf) which approves e-freight transactions in to and out of Dubai without submitting hardcopy documentation.

United States

To be allowed to do e-freight in and out of the US, to or from the approved airports, new participants must be aware that they can only start once the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been advised of their request and a confirmation has been granted.

Find out the guidelines and download the forms that will help you get CBP approval to start e-freight in and out of the US.

In case you need further information or you have questions please contact IATA

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