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IATA announces e-AWB as default effective 1 January 2019

Effective 1 January 2019, the electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) will become 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.
e-AWB brings numerous benefits such as:
• Elimination of paper based processes
• Improved efficiency and reliability of the overall cargo handling process
• Faster delivery times
• Decrease handling errors
• Positive impact on the environment with reduced paper usage
IATA introduced e-AWB in 2010 with the objective to initiate the digitalization of the air
cargo supply chain. Ever since, the e-AWB initiative has been a key enabler to the
digitalization and transformation of our industry, as data availability and quality is
critical to deliver innovative solutions and enhance customer experience. The growing
number of stakeholders using e-AWB demonstrates that the industry is ready and
committed to embrace the full digitalization of the air cargo industry.
IATA encourages all air cargo industry stakeholders to switch to e-
AWB at the earliest unless a paper air waybill may still be required due to applicable international treaties,
national law, or as bilaterally agreed between the parties.
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