IATA eFreight training DEC2013

Az alábbiakban a 2013 Decemberében Budapesten megrendezésre került IATA eFreight tréning összefoglalóját találják:


E-freight is an IATA project aiming to replace the paper with electronic messages for the following documents: invoice, packing list, MAWB, HAWB, House manifest, flight manifest and the customs declaration documents.

The replacement of the paper AWB with the electronic message FWB (aka eAWB) implies signing a contract in advance (the multilateral EDI agreement) that covers for the conditions of carriage and regulates the electronic exchange of information for all future “e” shipments.  The multilateral agreement is signed by each forwarder once with IATA on behalf of all participating airlines. It sets the legal background for ‘e’ but it does not oblige the forwarder to do e-AWB or e-Freight. Only after agreeing with each airline that they are ready to start, the forwarder receives an activation notice from the airline and they may start.

To do eAWB, the forwarder will send to the airline (and GHA) the AWb data ( FWB message) in electronic format before delivering the cargo to the GHA. The forwarder receives a status update message FOH (freight on hand) and later the RCS (ready for carriage). The CCS in Hungary is fully capable of generating and exchanging standard messages with the participants.

eAWB is only possible between countries that have ratified the same international air transport treaty. Hungary has ratified the Montreal convention 1999 and can do e-freight (and e-AWB) with MC99 destination states. However these are the majority. The CCS Hungary gives you default option “e-freight”) whenever a destination is live and capable to do e-freight.

e-freight means fully electronic customs processes and all the documents mentioned above exchanged electronically between parties. A party can have a printout for its internal use but should not request a priontout from another stakeholder on regular basis. Ad-hoc checks by authorities may require printouts (not originals).

e-freight is identified by special handling codes: EAW is a shipment with no paper at all (no pouch). EAP is an e-freight shipment with a pouch that contains other documents not in scope of e-freight such as special certificates that are needed in original. Remember: the pouch cannot contain documents in scope such as HAWB, invoice, packing list, etc…


Implementation steps for Forwarders in Hungary:

  1. Hungary is fully ready and capable on all aspects: legally ok, customs is supportive, CSS provides full technology. He have the opportunity to prove ourselves.
  2. Consult and sign the multilateral EDI agreement as soon as possible.
    It does not obligate you to do e-cargo. http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/e/eawb/Pages/toolkit.aspx
  3. Consult IATAs e-cargo website for the list of airlines that are part in the project. http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/e/eawb/Pages/multilateral.aspx
  4. Additionally you may consult the ecargo matchmaker for more details on locations and participants.  http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/e/Pages/matchmaker.aspx
  5. The airlines will contact you locally to discuss capabilities (message quality and penetration) and to agree when and with what to start. (you may start with one traffic, or one tradelane for instance and then extend gradually).
  6. Consult the airline e-freight procedure and the local procedure of the GHA.
  7. The airline will give you an activation notice to start.


Nota bene:
As long as a destination is live for e-freight and the airline is a participant you CAN send e-freight to that destination. You do not necessarily need to check with your forwarder partner at destination however please make sure you send a proper prealert.


Benefits of e-Cargo:

  • Better process flow for the stakeholders resulting in reduced overall transit time
  • Greater accuracy – avoidance of fees and penalties
  • Increased data security
  • Greater on-time integrated data visibility (tracking)
  • Cost cuts and increased efficiency
  • Better for the environment


More on e-cargo: http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/e/Pages/index.aspx


A témával kapcsolatos bármilyen kérdésük esetén közvetlenül Mr. Sergiu Saranhoz fordulhatnak az alábbi elérhetőségeken:


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