To        : All HAFFA Members

Ref       : HAFFA News 04 (2013-2014)

Date     : 09 May 2013


~ HAFFA News Extract ~




·      IATA Multilateral e-AWB Agreement is now in effect

·      Signing the agreement is FREE


Further to News 02 dated 02 May 2013, Members may be aware that IATA has announced that the multilateral e-AWB agreement is now in effect officially. This is a key enabler to accelerate the uptake of the e-AWB. The agreement enables forwarders who chose to, to dispense with the need to complete a paper based air waybill in order to complete the contract for carriage with the airlines for each consignment tendered.


·      IATA Update

·      e-AWB Implementation Toolkit

Ø        How to Implement e-AWB?

Ø        Implementing e-AWB is easy!


Please refer to the following IATA update including the e-AWB implementation toolkit for Members’ information that is self-explanatory.


// IATA Update:


Great News!


Resolution 672 “FORM OF MULTILATERAL E-AIR WAYBILL AGREEMENT” is declared effective on 18 April 2013. Consequently, airlines and freight forwarders are now able to sign the multilateral e-AWB agreement.


As you know, the multilateral e-AWB agreement enables airlines and freight forwarders to sign once with IATA and do e-AWB with all participating parties, eliminating the need to sign hundreds of bilateral agreements.


IATA launched an awareness campaign and you may soon be contacted by IATA local representatives. For more information, please contact IATA Cargo at


Reference Documents:

Multilateral agreement

You can download copy of the multilateral agreement, along with joining instructions and FAQ, from the IATA website:


Resolution 672

You may download the CSC Declaration of Effectiveness memo for Resolution 672 from the hyperlink:


Quick Reference Guides:

Ø        e-AWB Quick Reference Guide for Airlines

The e-AWB Quick Reference Guide for Airlines gives an overview on how an airline can implement e-AWB.


Ø        e-AWB Quick Reference Guide for Freight Forwarders (How to implement e-AWB)

The e-AWB Quick Reference Guide for Freight Forwarders gives an overview on how a freight forwarder can implement e-AWB.


Some business partners may still wish to do e-AWB under the bilateral e-AWB agreement which is allowed and it is provided in Recommended Practice (RP) 1670. Copy of RP1670 is available at:


Best Practices and Recommendations:

The e-AWB Advisory Group and other industry e-AWB participants have agreed on the following best practices and recommendations:


Ø        Recommendation on how to determine shipments that can be processed as e-AWB and the use of the special handling code ECC


Ø        Recommendation on the number of freight-forwarder-issued FWB that an airline IT system should be capable to process


Ø        Recommended practice on the label to be placed on the pouch when there is no accompanying paper air waybill - New CSC Recommended Practice 1600u Cargo Pouch Label


Ø        Functional specifications for e-AWB


Ø        Functional specifications for e-AWB in case of interlining


Electronic Messaging:

e-AWB requires the exchange of electronic messages. You can download the overview of the involved electronic messages from the hyperlink below:


It is recommended to use either Cargo-XML or Cargo-IMP messages to support e-AWB:

Ø        Cargo-XML


Ø        Cargo-IMP


End of IATA Update //