E-freight and E-AWB

Third, developing a plan to digitize the commercial and special cargo documents typically accompanying airfreight today, in or outside of the “Cargo Pouch”


  1. Operational Efficiency
    it brings the operational efficiency through the reduction of the end to end processing time (up to 24 hours)
  2. Cost effectiveness
    it brings cost effectiveness through the reduction of document processing and achieving costs
  • Data quality
    it improves data quality and accuracy
  • Innovation
    standardization and digitization are key enablers for the development of new innovative services and solutions, thus increasing the value of the air freight to shippers (e.g. real time status update)
  • Sustainability
    it eliminate more than 7800 tons of paper documents annually, the equivalent of 80 Boeing 747 freighters filled with paper
  • Regulatory compliance
    it facilitates compliance to international and local regulations (e.g. facilitate Advance Electronic Information (AEI) requirements for security purpose)

Achievement in 2018

Supporting initiatives have been achieved in 2018 in order to support the eAWB adoption challenges and to sustain the growth in penetration rate

  • IATA Resolution amendments
    effective 01 01 2019, the electronic Air Waybill is the default contract of carriage for all air cargo shipments on enabled trade lanes. This key industry milestone ushers air cargo into a new era where digital processes will be the norm and paper processes will be the exception
  • eAWB Global standard operating procedure
    a major revised version of the eAWB global SOP has been published which aims to describes the operational steps that stakeholders of the air cargo supply chain should follow when using eAWB. This document should help to simplify the implementation of eAWB and will progressively replace the existing SOP at airport level.

  • eAWB360
    to help the industry accelerate eAWB adoption, IATA launched eAWB360, an industry call to action initiative, consisting of a series of coordinated industry communication and engagement activities aimed at encouraging airlines, freight forwarders and ground handlers to adopt eAWB as well as building stakeholder readiness at selected airports. As of end of 2018 eAWB360 is live at 48 high volume cargo airports supported by 56 leading eAWB airlines.

  • eAWBlink
    following successful completion of Pilot testing, IATA launched the new eAWBLink industry tool in November 2016. Designed specifically for small and medium sized forwarders, it is a simple, easy to use tool that will enable SME forwarders to do eAWB and join the e-Cargo Community. 135+ customers from 34 countries already adopted the solution

  • e-freight/eDGD
    IATA is currently facilitating different 3 proofs of concept (POC) for an electronic Dangerous Goods Declaration involving Air France KLM Cargo out of CDG, Lufthansa Cargo out of FRA and Swiss World Cargo out of ZRH. Lufthansa Cargo announced its first shipment with electronic data in September 2018 and the other carrier should follow. The main role of IATA is to ensure that the business processes are aligned among the 3POC, to make sure the XML standard developed (XSDG) is fit for purpose and to engage with CAA of the pilot trade lanes to verify the acceptance status of electronic data and paper requirement

Status as of March 2019

The eAWB network covers 67% of worldwide trade
The eAWB network corresponds to locations where the legal framework has been created to allow an electronic contract of carriage
The global eAWB penetration reached 61.3% on the legally feasible trade lanes







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