Swiss WorldCargo is first to join e-AWB agreement

Joining IATA’s Proof of Concept is step towards e-commerce framework

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Swiss WorldCargo has announced it is joining the Proof of Concept for IATA’s “Multilateral e-Air Waybill Agreement” initiative. With that, it has become the first carrier in the world to sign up for this Proof of Concept, marking a milestone within the e-commerce framework promoted by the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG).

The objective of the concept is to have bilateral electronic data interchange (EDI) agreements between forwarders and carriers replaced by a single multilateral agreement. A Proof of Concept has been launched by IATA with a group of freight forwarders and carriers to trial the draft agreement and provide recommendations on potential enhancements. The final version of the agreement is anticipated to be adopted as an IATA resolution and declared effective by mid-2013.