e-freight aims to take the paper out of air cargo and to replace it with the exchange of electronic data and messages.
Roadmap to 100% e-freight
Launched by IATA in 2006 as part of the StB program, e-freight became an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities.
The roadmap outlines a shared end-to-end industry approach with clear leadership roles, around three core components, or "pillars":
Pillar I: engaging regulators and governments worldwide to create an ‘e-freight route network’ with fully electronic customs procedures and where regulations support paperless shipments
Pillar II: working collaboratively within the cargo supply chain to digitize the core industry transport documents, starting with the air waybill
Pillar III: developing a plan to digitize the commercial and special cargo documents typically accompanying airfreight today, in or outside of the ‘Cargo pouch’