eAWB360 in Miami

The world’s largest airlines have joined the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) electronic air waybill initiative, a significant milestone in an industry that depends heavily on paper documentation for air freight shipments. Because the air waybill (AWB) would be considered the most important air cargo document, implementation of a paperless process will dramatically improve accuracy, security, processing speed and efficiency.

 

Why e-AWB?

The electronic air waybill or e-AWB is the first step towards an entirely paperless air freight process. e-AWB implementation has many benefits for airlines, freight forwarders, and industry stakeholders.

•    Cost reduction. e-AWB reduces or eliminates costs related to paper AWB documentation, office equipment, office space, storage, infrastructure and transportation costs.

•    Improved data accuracy. e-AWB information is provided directly by the shipper or forwarder. e-AWB solutions feature data checks to ensure accuracy, which means faster processing and reduced risk of delays due to errors, duplication or illegible paper AWB. All parties can amend information or make changes up until the cargo reaches the station.

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•    Faster processing. e-AWB can reduce cycle time by up to 24 hours. Waiting time is also eliminated as parties move cargo as scheduled. For airlines, e-AWB streamlines the processing of high-volume airfreight shipment.

•    Better customer service. e-AWB improves data visibility for stakeholders. Forwarders and agents can track cargo in real time and receive real-time status notifications. Forwarders can access the warehouse directly to unload freight after having received the notification.

 

Electronic Air Waybill How-To

The IATA has published six steps to e-air waybill implementation.

1.    Before performing e-AWB, the forwarder must first sign the multilateral agreement with IATA once to be able to enter into e-AWB agreements with all other parties.

2.    e-AWB requires the exchange of electronic data. Those who want to use e-AWB must ensure that their technology supports e-AWB, including the archiving of electronic messages and print-on-demand capabilities if needed.

3.    Ensure that electronic messages are high-quality.

4.    Ensure that the right business processes are in place and aligned with the single process and standard operating procedures.

5.    Roll out e-AWB.

6.    Report e-AWB shipments.

 

For day-to-day freight operations, there are two e-AWB options: immediate or delayed cargo receipt delivery.

 

Immediate:

1.    Both carrier and shipper must sign an e-AWB agreement before implementing the e-AWB.

2.    Forwarder/shipper sends the e-AWB message to the carrier before tendering shipment.

3.    Shipper tenders the shipment to the carrier before flight departure.

4.    Carrier accepts the shipment in their system as “Ready for Carriage.”

5.    Carrier immediately sends FSU/RCS electronic message to the shipper, concluding the Cargo Contract.

6.    The carrier provides the shipper with a Cargo Receipt (paper document) as proof of contract (if required by the shipper).

 

Delayed:

1.    Both carrier and shipper must sign an e-AWB agreement before implementing the e-AWB.

2.    Forwarder/shipper sends the e-AWB message to the carrier before tendering shipment.

3.    Shipper tenders the shipment to the carrier before flight departure.

4.    Carrier accepts shipment as “Freight on Hand.”

5.    Carrier issues the shipper a Warehouse Receipt or countersigns a Shipper’s Delivery Note.

6.    Carrier accepts the shipment in their system as “Ready for Carriage.”

7.    Carrier immediately sends FSU/RCS electronic message to the shipper, concluding the Cargo Contract.

8.    The carrier provides the shipper with a Cargo Receipt (paper document) as proof of contract (if required by the shipper).

 

e-Air WayBill Single Process and SOP

Under the Single Process, the forwarder always sends an electronic AWB to the carrier. It is the carrier that determines whether a trade lane or route requires a paper AWB. If needed, the carrier prints out a paper AWB on behalf of the forwarder. The e-AWB streamlines into a single process and common standard operating procedures (SOP) at all participating airports. Forwarders and Carriers should align business processes with the e-AWB SOP and train employees on the SOP.

 

eAWB360 Campaign

The IATA initially targeted 80 percent global e-AWB penetration by December 2016 but has lowered the target to 56 percent due to slower than expected adoption. The air cargo industry is switching to e-AWB, and the adoption process needs propagation. Airlines, ground handling agents and freight forwarders that are already on e-AWB or have made real progress towards e-AWB underline the need for greater investment in technology and a change in mindset.

Since the e-freight initiative launched a decade ago, the cargo industry has been slow to adopt the new process due to many reasons. One is the transformational difficulty of aligning procedures, policies, and how people work with the new electronic system. The IATA also named the following barriers to e-AWB adoption:

•    Perceived lack of airline readiness by freight forwarders

•    Perceived complexity to perform e-AWB for forwarders and ground handling agents dealing with multiple airlines

•    Insufficient momentum despite collaborative efforts in the industry

•    Lack of coordinated approach

To support the industry and accelerate e-AWB adoption, the IATA has launched eAWB360. The eAWB360 initiative is a call to action campaign that aims to expedite the adoption of e-AWB globally. eAWB360 kicked off in Europe in February at airports where the regulatory and operational environment is favorable for e-AWB. In March, the second phase of the eAWB360 campaign started in North America. A total of nine airports in North America have signed up for the second step: 

e-AWB 360 in North America including Miami

At these airports, e-AWB is the preferred method for all customers and destinations, as enabled by the single process and standard operating procedures.

 

Electronic AWB Miami

Miami International Airport is an important hub for the air cargo industry in North America. The IATA ranks Miami airport no. 20 out of 50 priority airports in terms of e-AWB volume over the past 12 months. There are 12 airlines at Miami (MIA) airport that have adopted e-AWB:

Airlines at Miami Airport that have Adopted e-AWB

 

Delta (73.1 percent), Cathay Pacific (71.4 percent) and Qatar Airways (56.5 percent) are the top three in terms of e-AWB penetration. As of April 2016, Miami airport has the lowest e-AWB penetration (25 percent) among the six e-AWB airports in the United States. For stakeholders who are not yet ready for e-AWB, the eAWB360 campaign in Miami is a great opportunity to learn about the process and connect with solutions providers. 

 

eAWB360 Launch Session in Miami (MIA)

The Go Live date for Miami is August 1, 2016, and the eAWB360 workshop was held last August 2. These workshops bring together key representatives from CNS (the U.S. offshoot of IATA), airlines, ground handling agents, freight forwarders, IT solutions providers, sponsors and other participants to discuss e-AWB readiness and share information. Like previous e-AWB launch sessions, keynote speakers and technology providers will be present during the workshop.

Event: eAWB360 Launch Session

Date: August 2, 2016

Venue: Miami Airport Cargo Area – Building 708, Suite 218, Miami, FL

 

CrimsonLogic's Global eTrade Services (GeTS) eAWB Service

CrimsonLogic's Global eTrade Services (GeTS) has been helping the air cargo industry with e-freight implementation for many years. CrimsonLogic GeTS’ services include best-in-class e-AWB solutions for freight forwarders, cargo agents and airlines. CrimsonLogic GeTS’ e-AWB service can help stakeholders at Miami Airport speed up e-AWB implementation. Featuring direct connectivity to over 90 airlines from a web portal, automatic status notifications, templates, report generation, anytime data access, and 24/7 customer support, the e-AWB service makes it quick and easy to transmit e-AWB messages. Simply register with CrimsonLogic GeTS, sign the multilateral e-AWB agreement, check your stations’ approval, and go live.

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