Paperwork plays an important role in our industry. Paper documents can get lost, handling them takes valuable time and they leave an ecological footprint. But with your help we can change this, by getting rid of the pouch, sending your documents directly to the final destination (e-Freight) and removing the need for a hardcopy Air Waybill by signing an EDI contract with IATA (e-AWB) and confirm this with an Activation Notice with Airfrance / KLM.
There are many benefits of implementing the e-AWB for Shippers/Freight Forwaders and airlines. The following are just some of the key benefits of the e-AWB that have been identified by industry stakeholders: a Reduction in processing cost due to the removal of paper air waybill; a greater accuracy of air waybill data; a reduction in shipment handling delay due to missing or illegible paper air waybill; and Real-time access to air waybill data.
The Multilateral e-AWB Agreement (MeA) provides the legal framework for parties to conclude cargo contracts by electronic means. MeA ensures freight forwarders will have an agreement that will allow them to tender e-AWB shipments to multiple airlines.
Before you can use the e-AWB, airline and freight forwarder need to decide about the locations where they will start with e-AWBs. Together they can validate and ensure e-AWB operational readiness of both parties (such as business processes, electronic communication and data quality). The Activation Notice is abilateral agreement.
When you have been activated by the airline, you can start using e-AWBs, no need to deliver your paper AWB to AF KLM office. You only have to send the e-awb and if a paper AWB is still required at final stations, we will print it for you.
EAW – special handling code indicating that there is no document pouch to be delivered by the freight forwarder EAP – special handling code indicating that there is a document pouch to be delivered by the freight forwarder.