- higher productivity, absence of misprints, online access to data, no delays in documents examination or cargo processing because of loss of original waybills
, no time expenditure for original documents issue and transfer to airlines;
The front of the traditional paper air waybill
, showing shipment details and the agent's or shipper's signature, converts happily to an electronic freight waybill
(FWB) message through which the forwarder can transmit shipment details to the airline.
The decisive issue was whether a limitation- of-liability clause in the standard form of air waybill
applies during the road transport of cargo to a bonded warehouse located outside the perimeter of Melbourne Airport.
Digitizing air waybills
requires carriers and freight forwarders to have access to IT systems to facilitate the exchange of information, he says.
From 1 January 2011 Cathay Pacific became the first airline operating out of Hong Kong to fully switch to e-WAB which removes the need for all paper documents when issuing air waybills
Under the so-called e-freight initiative, facilitated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the cargo industry is aiming to remove all paper air waybills
, as well as every other document and certificate, by the end of 2014.
At the moment, 1 percent of air waybills
(AWB) are transmitted electronically worldwide.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is providing almost USD6.5m in grants through the block grant programme, which is funded through taxes collected throughout the US on airline tickets, freight waybills
, international departure fees and sale of aviation fuel.