How to join?
The Multilateral e-AWB Agreement (MeA) provides the legal framework for parties to conclude cargo contracts by electronic means. This way, freight forwarders will have a one-stop shop agreement that will allow them to tender e-AWB shipments to multiple airlines in numerous airports around the globe.
Joining is free of charge. Follow the steps below:
- Complete and submit the Online Joining Form (appx.10-15 minutes)
- Receive your agreement for e-signature
- Review and e-sign the agreement
After you e-sign, the agreement will be automatically routed to IATA for counter-signature. Once completed, the Final signed PDF Agreement will be sent to all signatories by e-mail. Thereafter, your company will be listed as party to the multilateral e-AWB agreement.
e-Signing is easy!
The e-signature is done using the Adobe EchoSign service, which is secure, efficient and environmentally friendly. With a few clicks, you can open, review, and e-sign the agreement on a web browser or mobile device. For more information check the following documentation:
- About e-signatures (including demo on how to e-sign)
- 1-pager on MeA joining process (pdf)
- Introductory presentation to the new paperless process (pdf)
- Frequently Asked Questions
If you wish to print and sign the agreement on paper, use the following steps:
- Submit the Online Request Form - Paper Agreement
- Receive the PDF agreement by e-mail
- Print and sign the agreement
- Scan and send PDF agreement to IATA, as per instructions provided
After joining the MeA, the next step is to "activate" the agreement with your airline partners.
- Check which of your airline partners have joined the agreement and select your partners to roll out e-AWB
- Activate the agreement with your airline partner(s). See Guidelines for activating the multilateral e-AWB agreement (pdf)
- Start doing e-AWB at the activated locations
IMPORTANT: ACTIVATION NOTICE
In accordance with Article 3.1 of the multilateral e-AWB agreement (Resolution 672), freight forwarder shall only commence tendering cargo shipments to a participating airline after receiving an Activation Notice from the airline.
For purposes of the multilateral e-AWB agreement (IATA Resolution 672), an affiliate is defined as any company whom the freight forwarder is authorized to enter into the agreement on their behalf, and to bind them to the obligations set forth therein. It could be branch offices located in the same country, and also associated companies in other countries.
After joining the IATA Multilateral e-AWB Agreement, freight forwarders can add new affiliate offices, remove currently registered offices, as well as update company name and address details. IATA now offers an automated self-service tool using online forms and integrated e-sign process.
For more information, see new online tool quick reference guide (pdf)
The designated contact is your company's representative(s) to be contacted by airlines and IATA for matters related to multilateral e-AWB agreement (Resolution 672), including receipt of Notices pursuant to Article 3.1 of the agreement.
After joining the IATA Multilateral e-AWB Agreement, freight forwarders can add new deisganted contacts as well as change currently registered designated contacts. IATA now offers an automated self-service tool using online forms and integrated e-sign process.