Paperwork plays an important role in our industry but paper documents can get lost, handling them takes valuable time and they leave an ecological footprint. Therefore, the Cargo industry has to switch over to digital by getting rid of the paper and by proceeding with Electronic Data Interchange messaging.

  • More accurate and more reliable electronic messaging
  • Lower cost, the entire industry can save 4.9 billions US dollars per year
  • Environmentally friendly, e- Freight will eliminate more than 7,800 tons of paper documents


E-freight is the dematerialization and the digitalization of all the transports documents of shipment. The purpose is to set up an end-to-end paperless process for the whole supply chain industry. Paper documents are replaced by electronic messages (FWB for Master Airway Bill, FHL for House Airway Bill, invoices...) This e-freight project is supported by IATA and by all players in the Air Freight industry.

E-AWB Activation

The e-AWB refers to a transportation contract between a shipper/forwarder and an airline. With the e-AWB, there is no longer a need to print, handle or archive a paper AWB." The contract obtains its legal status by an electronic combination of:
  • The FWB message sent by the forwarder to the airline;
  • The FSU/RCS message sent in return by the airline to the forwarder.

What are the benefits?

Faster supply chain

Faster supply chain transit times: the ability to send electronic document before the cargo itself can reduce the industry cycle times.

Cost savings

Lower costs: the total Airfreight Industry can save up US $ 4.9 billion per year.

Greater accuracy

Greater accuracy: allowing electronic data entry at point of origin until RCS reduces delays to shipments due to inaccurate or inconsistent data entry.

Increased security

Increased security: electronic documents are only made available to parties who require them for the completion of a shipment.

Regulatory compliance

E-freight meets all international and local regulations relating to provision of electronic documents and data required by customs, civil aviation and other regulatory authorities.

Environment friendly

E-freight meets all international and local regulations relating to provision of electronic documents and data required by customs, civil aviation and other regulatory authorities.

Action Roadmap To Going Paperless

Step 1 : Join the IATA Multilateral e-AWB Agreement.

Step 2 : Transmit electronic Airway Bill/ House Airway Bill data

Step 3 : Receive the activation notice from AFKLM

Step 4 : From now, send your FWB/FHL messages

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e-Fast Delivery is the possibility to deliver Cargo at KLM Cargo Schiphol without reporting at the Documentation department. The Forwarder sends the FWB (Cargo Imp version 16) in combination with the e-Link Trip information to the airline. All this information is handled by the internal KLM Cargo systems when the Forwarder presents his ACN card at the gate.

How can I start with e-fast?

Simplicity, efficiency and paperless working is what e-Fast Delivery will bring you. Part of our e-Freight program, e-Fast Delivery is a service that speed up the acceptance process at Schiphol Amsterdam . It allows the truck driver to be directed straight to the unloading dock. Through an electronic exchange of data, the system can easily evaluate if the shipment is secure, ready for carriage and paperless. This way of handling speeds up the process as it removes the need to report to the documentation desk. Saving you time matters as much to us as it does to you. Follow the steps below to become more paperless.

Step 1: Being EDI activated by by AFKLM

Connect your shipping experts with the e-Freight team to dicuss the details for shipping FWB messages and to control the quality FWB/FHL messages during the testing phase.

Step 2: Create e-link account

Register at Cargonaut for e-link at https://cargonaut.nl/contact/

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