What is e - AWB?
The paper air waybill is a critical air cargo document that constitutes the contract of carriage between the ‘shipper’ (direct shipper or freight forwarder acting on behalf of the shipper) and the ‘carrier’ (airline).
The "e-AWB" is the term IATA uses to describe the interchange of electronic data (EDI) messages, in lieu of a paper air waybill, to conclude the contract of carriage.

Benefits of e - AWB
  • Reduction in processing cost due to the removal of paper air waybill
  • Greater accuracy of air waybill data
  • Reduction in shipment handling delay due to missing or illegible paper air waybill
  • Elimination of the requirements to file paper air waybill
  • Real-time access to air waybill data for all personnel from all locations
Qatar Airways Cargo is fully committed to making the e - AWB a success.
After signing the e - AWB multilateral agreement with IATA , e - AWB was implemented for service cargo and counter sales shipments from September 2013 in Doha.
Cargo Community Network (CCN) was appointed as Qatar Airways CCS (Cargo Community System) partner to facilitate electronic communication between freight forwarders and Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways is the first airline to achieve 86% e-AWB penetration level in four months by December 2013, with implementation of single process.We encourage our customers to join this successful initiative and reap the consequent benefits of doing business without a traditional AWB or its copies.

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Step 1: Joining
  • Airlines join the agreement. Qatar Airways has signed the multilateral e-AWB agreement
  • Freight forwarders join the agreement
Step 2: Interface Testing
  • Freight Forwarders start trial shipments and send out required messages (FWB and FHL)
Step 3: Activation (Go Live)
  • Airline sends "Activation Notice" to the freight forwarder confirming the location(s) and dates
Step 4: Start to do e-AWB
  • e-AWB procedures are followed
  • e-AWB activities are closely monitored
Contact: ecargo@qatarairways.com.qa to find out more about how you can benefit from the e-AWB initiative
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