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Moving towards a paperless era

e-freight aims to take the paper out of air cargo and to replace it with the exchange of electronic data and messages.

For detailed information, download the e-freight fundamentals (pdf).

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":

  1. 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
  2. Pillar II: working collaboratively within the cargo supply chain to digitize the core industry transport documents, starting with the air waybill
  3. Pillar III: developing a plan to digitize the commercial and special cargo documents typically accompanying airfreight today, in or outside of the ‘Cargo pouch’

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