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.
Now you can replace all paper AWBs by the e-AWB.
There are different ways you can send a FWB:
a. Functionality via myCargo: You can send your FWB via Air France - KLM myCargo from June 2019.
b. Via CPS
: Air France KLM offers to the customer the possibility to use CPS (Cargo Portal Services). It’s a free portal that will allow you to do your e-Booking and e-AWB/ e-Hawb
c. Other 3rd parties, providing the possibility to send FWB: You can use an IT Solution Provider and use a system that meets your needs, including building and sending FWB and FHL messages. Several tools are available on the market.
d. Via your own IT system: Your system may already have FWB and FHL messages. To find out if it is the case, you can contact your IT department. If this is not the case, your IT department may eventually develop this feature on your current system.
Good to know:
Want to know more, click here for a brochure about e-AWB Or visit the FAQ at IATA
- Forwarders who signed the e-AWB contract, do not have to hand-over a green airline-copy of the AWB for accounting purposes.
- Shipments under an e-AWB contract can be recognized by the special handling code: ECC
- Under the Single Process, a freight forwarder always sends electronic data to the airline and never delivers a paper AWB with the Cargo. The airline determines when a paper AWB needs to be produced based on requirements at destination or transit point and when needed, prints it on behalf of the freight forwarder using the exchanged electronic data."