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e-freight is an industry-wide program that aims to build an end-to-end paperless transportation process for air cargo made possible through a regulatory framework, modern electronic messages and high quality of data.

An industry-wide effort

Part of StB Cargo, the program is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers, customs brokers and customs authorities. 

The e-freight roadmap outlines a shared end-to-end industry approach to remove three types of documents:

  • Customs documents: engaging regulators and governments worldwide to create an ‘e-freight route network’ with fully electronic customs procedures and where regulations support paperless shipments. 
  • Transport documents: working collaboratively within the cargo supply chain to digitize the core industry transport documents, starting with the Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Commercial & special cargo documents:  developing a plan to digitize the commercial and special cargo documents typically accompanying airfreight today, in or outside of the ‘Cargo pouch.’

Objectives of e-freight

  • Accelerating and supporting the adoption of e-AWB  (e-Air Waybill):
      • Coordinating industry engagement of airlines, freight forwarders and ground handlers with e-AWB360
      • Including small and medium freight forwarders with a simple tool to use e-AWB with e-AWBLink
  • Pushing for the adoption of Cargo-XML standards
  • Testing and implementing the electronic version of the Shippers Declaration for Dangerous Goods (e-SDDG)
  • Working with WCO and local customs authorities around the world to embrace e-customs , and encouraging the use of Cargo-XML standards in Advance Cargo Information (ACI)
  • Improving data quality through the Message Improvement Program (MIP) 
For more information on the of e-freight, check out the implementation playbook (pdf).

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