Air Cargo removes paper AWBs in Nordic countries by mid-August

Finnair, along with ten other IATA member airlines, is implementing the electronic Air Waybill (eAWB) for export from Nordics by 14 August 2014 – what exactly is changing?

Air freight industry is preparing for the full implementation of eFreight. As part of the Nordic "Single Process eAWB" project launched by IATA and nine carriers, Finnair is switching to electronic AWBs for export shipments from Nordic countries during summer 2014.

The eAWB is the first step in transitioning to eFreight. It means that in the future forwarding agents will provide Master Air Waybill (MAWB) data to airlines in electronic format only. Therefore, paper AWBs will not be accepted from 14 August 2014 onward. In addition, Finnair Cargo also expects electronic messages for house air waybills (HAWB), but for other documents current processes continue as usual.

The eFreight transition provides many benefits: it lowers costs by eliminating costs derived from the use of paper AWBs, it speeds up air freight related services, and it improves data accuracy and reliability. In addition, it has a positive impact on the environment. 

With the implementation of the eAWB we will improve the functioning of the entire transport chain by making it more proactive as data is transferred from one party to another at an earlier stage than before, says Mikko Turtiainen, Finnair Cargo's VP Global Sales.

Further information on eFreight and eAWB can be found on IATA's web pages.


Published April 13, 2014

Category: Environment, Finnair Cargo