Saudi Arabia makes e-AWB breakthrough

Saudia Cargo has announced the country’s first e-AWB export shipment, flown on behalf of local agent Express Forwarding Services (EFS).


Saudi Arabia makes e-AWB breakthrough


Saudia Cargo has announced the country’s first e-AWB export shipment, flown on behalf of local agent Express Forwarding Services (EFS). The ground-breaking 545 kg shipment was successfully transported on Saudia flight from Jeddah to Cairo, Egypt on 14 April.

A number of major challenges were overcome, including the refinement and enabling of the airline’s systems and operational processes for e-AWB shipments and a sustained educational outreach campaign to promote e-AWB engagement with Saudi-based logistics companies.

Peter Scholten, VP commercial of Saudia Cargo expressed delight that the independent freight forwarding sector was helping SV to pioneer e-AWB transformation in the country. “EFS got involved after attending an e-AWB launch meeting hosted by Saudia Cargo.”

As a leading agent in the region and a member of WCA, one of the ELITE logistics networks, EFS was eager to participate. The process was made simple through the adoption of WIN (Worldwide Information Network) – a new industry solution providing global connectivity for independent freight forwarders.

Nadir Kalappadan, Business Development Manager of EFS, stated: “We agreed to participate in SV’s e-AWB programme because our commitment to deliver excellent service to our customers means we must stay at the forefront of technology. Furthermore it was easy to join the IATA Multilateral e-AWB Agreement (Resolution 672) through the click-to-agree feature of WIN website.”