Dear Member 

The e-Air Waybill (e-AWB) is an electronic cargo contract that replaces the paper AWB and to give effect to the document in an electronic environment, the reverse of the paper AWB is replaced with an e-AWB agreement.

As advised previously, the multilateral e-AWB agreement (IATA Resolution 672 ) has been effective since 18 April 2013 and provides a single standard agreement that airlines and freight forwarders can sign once with IATA and commence e-AWB connectivity with all other parties to the agreement.

The multilateral e-AWB agreement provides the Legal framework for parties to conclude cargo contracts by electronic means.

It includes provisions for:

ü  the consent to do e-AWB

ü  the high level operational aspects for e-AWB

ü  the confidentiality and security of data

ü  the rights and obligations of parties

 It does not modify:

ü  the conditions of contract

ü  the conditions of carriage

Please note that parties are not obliged to enact e-AWB with each other for every shipment once the multilateral e-AWB agreement is signed.

AFIF encourages its air freight forwarding members to join the e-AWB community and sign the multilateral e-AWB agreement now, and follow the simple instructions here

Please advise all concerned.

Thanks and regards

Brian Lovell 

Chief Executive Officer
Australian Federation of International Forwarders Ltd (AFIF)
Suite 403, Level 3
152 Bunnerong Road
Eastgardens NSW 2036
Tel: (61 2) 9314 3055
Fax: (61 2) 9314 3116