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
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