Nordic countries take the lead in e-AWB implementation
Nine Iata member airlines have taken the lead in the Nordic market to implement the electronic air waybill (e-AWB) for their airfreight shipments. The Nordic and Baltic Countries began piloting the project in 2009 and implementation is now moving ahead. The global e-AWB scheme involves the World Customs Organization (WCO), ground handlers, freight forwarders and airlines. Implementation takes place in each country and the nine lead airlines have agreed to a single process for forwarders to deliver cargo to the cargo terminals and ground handlers.
"This is a fantastic example of cross-border cooperation and will be of immense benefit to businesses and the economy. This clearly demonstrates that where there is a will, there is a way. I am confident that this will motivate other nations and regions as they look to accelerate the adoption of the e-AWB," said Des Vertannes (left), Iata's global head of cargo.