The Multi Lateral Agreement is a contract signed by the forwarder and IATA where the legal status of the FWB message (plus RCS) as a contract is captured. By signing the Multi Lateral Agreement
, confirmed by an Activation Notice from Airfrance/KLM in agreement with the forwarder, the process of handing a paper copy of the AWB at export acceptance is not required anymore. Currently, a forwarder can deliver all cargo without AWB. With the "single process" in place the airline will print an AWB if needed at final destination. Shipments under a Multi Lateral Agreement confirmed by the Activation Notice can be identified by the SHC (special handling code): ECC.
This code is added by AFKL automatically and does not have to be inserted by the forwarder.