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e-freight / e-AWB fundamentals: take the paper out

The e-freight project was launched in 2004 by IATA as part of the Simplifying the Business (StB) program. It aims to remove the paper-based processes from the air freight supply chain by 2010, and to replace them with electronic information exchanges between the parties involved (shipper, freight forwarder, handling agent, carriers, brokers, customs and government authorities).

In 2006, IATA further defined its strategy by setting the objective of achieving paper-free transport of “general freight” by 2010. By that date, customs would be able to clear import and export shipments without the need for accompanying paper documents. In the process, 13 physical documents would be removed, including for instance the shipment packing list, master air waybill and import customs release. These 13 documents represent about 50% of the paper transported in the supply chain today.

At the June 2008 Annual General Meeting of the IATA, Cargolux Airlines was appointed leading cargo carrier for the e-freight project in Luxembourg.

Cargolux is a true supporter of the e-cargo initiative and welcomes any newly joining freight forwarder signing the e-AWB Multilateral Agreement to activate the “bilateral e-program”.

e-freight / e-AWB benefits

Implementing e-freight allows companies to:

  • Lower costs: eliminate paper handling and processing costs
  • Speed-up service: reduced cycle time by an average of 24 hours
  • Improve reliability and accuracy: hold one-time electronic data entry at point of origin
  • Gain visibility: use electronic documentation for online track and trace functionality
  • Remove trade barriers: facilitate Advance Electronic Information (AEI) requirements for security purposes

How to do e-freight / e-AWB with Cargolux?

  • Via Electronic Data Interchange i.e. FWB (electronic air waybill), for freight forwarders running an in-house cargo legacy system.  
  • Via Cargolux web-portal service named “CargoWEB+” enabling data capture (i.e. FWB/FHL) from small and medium freight forwarders not having a fully fletched cargo IT system.

If you wish to register on our CargoWEB+ portal, please register here

Or, if you need further information in regards of eFreight, please contact