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e-Air Waybill Guide for Freight Forwarders


The IATA Multilateral e-AWB Agreement enables forwarders who chose to, to dispense with the need to complete a paper based air waybill in order to complete the contract for carriage with the airlines for each consignment tendered. IATA has published a concise ‘e-AWB Guide for Freight Forwarders’ which summarizes what the e-AWB is and how the multilateral e-AWB agreement is a key enabler to accelerate the uptake of the e-AWB.

e-Air Waybill Guide for Freight Forwarders

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have announced that the Multilateral electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) standard has been approved, removing the need for bilateral e-AWB agreements between airlines and freight forwarders. Airlines will have a single agreement with IATA that enables them to accept e-AWBs from all participating freight forwarders, while freight forwarders will have a single agreement that will allow them to tender e-AWB shipments to multiple airlines at numerous airports worldwide.

Collaborating closely, IATA and FIATA, together with some of their members, developed and tested the multilateral e-AWB standard in 2012. Trials in October 2012 confirmed the value of the new agreement, which was endorsed by the IATA/FIATA Consultative Council in February 2013. Final consent was reached with the approval by the IATA Cargo Services Conference of the Multilateral e-AWB as the new IATA Resolution 672 in March. IATA have announced that the agreement (Resolution 672 "FORM OF MULTILATERAL E-AIR WAYBILL AGREEMENT") is now in effect officially, as of April 18.

You can download a copy of the multilateral agreement, along with joining instructions and FAQ, from the IATA website: www.iata.org/e-awb-multilateral