Modernizing Air Cargo

- May 17, 2016-

Electronic messages have existed since the 1980s but the air cargo industry still relies on paper. A shipment can generate up to 30 paper documents and many of the processes, such as track & trace, still depend on human intervention.


The e-freight program aims to take the paper out of air cargo and to replace it with the exchange of electronic data and messages. Initiated by IATA, the program became an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers, customs brokers and customs authorities.


The Air Waybill (AWB) is the most important transportation document in air cargo. The electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB), is the first step to realize the e-freight vision. The e-AWB project replaces the paper AWB with an electronic contract of carriage between the freight forwarder and the airline. 

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