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e-AWB penetration surges in third quarter

9.6% AWBs are electronic

With 152’000 electronic air waybills (e-AWB) in September 2013, the global e-AWB penetration reached 9.6%. This represents an additional 1% compared to the previous month and an increase of 4.3% in the past twelve months.

Who is driving e-AWB adoption?

e-AWB adoption kicked off 2011 with Cathay Pacific mandating it in Hong Kong. Since then other airlines work with the freight forwarders to make paperless vision a reality. Check below a list of the top 10 companies ranked by their e-AWB volume:

The top 10 countries and airports are also displayed in the e-AWB monthly report (pdf).

Qatar Airways goes live with e-AWB out of Doha

A key player in the Middle East region recently launched its paperless program. Since September 2013, Qatar Airways Cargo uses e-AWB from Doha to various airports in their network. Next step is to roll-out e-AWB from Dubai. e-AWB is available for counter sales and service cargo shipments.

Furthermore Qatar Airways Cargo is working with freight forwarders to start doing e-AWB in key locations around the globe in the coming months. The airline’s targets are particularly ambitious in Doha, with a plan to achieve 75% e-AWB penetration by the end of 2013.

Multilateral e-AWB agreement: paving the way

The Multilateral e-AWB Agreement provides a standard agreement that airlines and freight forwarders can use to establish electronic contracts of carriage and transact electronically across the globe. More than 29 global, regional, and national industry associations, including FIATA, TIACA, FAPAA, AFA, BIFA and CIFFA, have confirmed their support for the  Multilateral e-AWB Agreement and encourage their members to join.

As of end of October 2013, the following parties have joined the Multilateral e-AWB Agreement:

  • 343 freight forwarders covering 2789 cargo agent offices worldwide
  • 44 airlines, with 2773 airline airport locations worldwide

After joining, airlines and freight forwarders need to “activate” the Multilateral e-AWB Agreement at the agreed airport locations. To do this, airline and freight forwarder should:

1. Discuss and agree on locations to start e-AWB

2. Confirm mutual operational and technical readiness at the agreed locations

3. Send Activation Notice using the pre-defined form (doc)

Lima hosted the Latin America Cargo Day 2013

Over 150 professionals from 14 countries in the region attended the second annual Latin America Cargo Day in Lima, Peru, on 22 October. This year’s focus was on security, customs and the challenges and benefits of the paperless environment. 

Ramon Gamarra Trujillo, Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Peru, announced that the Peruvian government will soon have regulations allowing movements of e-Cargo shipments in their country.  This was welcoming news as Peru is growing its global air cargo markets since the 2009 signing of the United States–Peru Trade Promotion Agreement. 


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