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Swiss WorldCargo Accelerates e-AWB Implementation

Swiss WorldCargo, the air cargo division of SWISS, has been intensifying its efforts to adopt the new electronic air waybill or e-AWB. SWISS is one of a number of IATA airlines that have taken the lead in the e-AWB 360 campaign, and have committed to offering e-AWB under the “Single Process” concept at a number of airports.

Swiss WorldCargo is switching to e-AWB as the preferred means of shipping cargo, using the “Single Process” service. As envisaged under the “e-AWB 360 campaign” promoted by IATA to accelerate process implementation, the new e-AWB approach is offered to all destinations and to all customers at a number of airports.

Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) became the first such “e-airport” on 1 January, joined by Paris (CDG) on 1 February, and by Zurich (ZRH), Dubai (DXB), Singapore (SIN), London (LHR) and Milan (MXP and SWK) on 1 March. Additional key airports will follow in subsequent months.

Christine Barden

Christine Barden, Head of Transportation Processes at Swiss WorldCargo.

“The e AWB 360 campaign marks another important milestone on the front of paperless cargo,” comments Christine Barden, Head of Transportation Processes at Swiss WorldCargo. “At Swiss WorldCargo we have a holistic approach and we work extensively with regulators, freight forwarders, ground handling agents and other key stakeholders worldwide to achieve a paperless and more secure supply chain: In Zurich, for instance, we were the first airline to adopt the eCSD “Electronic Consignment Security Declarations” which complements the paperless acceptance of air cargo.”

Swiss WorldCargo is switching over to electronic air waybill (eAWB) as the preferred means for shipping cargo to all destinations by using the eAWB Single Process at the following airports in Europe and Asia:

AMS January 1, 2016
CDG February 1, 2016
DXB, SIN, LHR, ZRH, MXP (Incl. SWK) March 1, 2016

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Swiss WorldCargo also posted about the benefits of eAWB and the basic procedures of how to start with eAWBs.

Benefits of eAWB include:

Faster acceptance –  avoids re-keying AWB data at acceptance point

–  correct errors before arrival of shipment

Regulatory compliance –  facilitates advance cargo information filing to regulators

–  enables pre-shipment clearance, where applicable

Reduced operation costs –  avoids need to print and archive paper AWB

–  minimizes equipment maintenance and supplies costs

Improved reliability –  avoid risk of missing documents, and errors
Enhanced visibility and transparency –  receive automated shipment status updates

–  receive automated alerts

How to do eAWB

1.  Join the IATA Multilateral eAWB Agreement. This agreement covers the terms and conditions found on the reverse side of traditional paper AWBs. See the IATA website for details: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/e/eawb/Pages/multilateral-forwarders.aspx  Request activation of the agreement to Swiss WorldCargo

2.  Transmit air waybill data before cargo acceptance at the terminal in high formal and content-based quality and quantity to Swiss WorldCargo. Data can be delivered using IATA’s EDI Cargo IMP (FWB-16 or higher version) messages. Alternative channel on www.swissworldcargo.com website is possible. This covers the front side of a traditional paper AWB.

3.  At the time of booking and/or within the FWB, identify the “electronic” shipments with the special codes provided: either EAP (eAWB shipment with accompanying documentation) or EAW (eAWB consignment without accompanying documentation).

4.  Tender your shipments without paper AWB. For destinations where a paper AWB might be required due to regulatory, operational, or other reasons, Swiss WorldCargo will print the paper AWB for you based on the air waybill data transmitted.

Download Swiss WorldCargo’s ‘Step-by-step Instructions for Freight Forwarders‘, or look up further information at: www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/e/eawb