BFS & WIN partner to promote e-AWB in Thailand

In an effort to increase transmission of electronic AWB data in Thailand, Bangkok Flight Services (BFS), the largest handler at the country’s main cargo airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and WIN, an e-platform for independent forwarders, have joined forces to overcome barriers.


BFS & WIN partner to promote e-AWB in Thailand


In an effort to increase transmission of electronic AWB data in Thailand, Bangkok Flight Services (BFS), the largest handler at the country’s main cargo airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and WIN, an e-platform for independent forwarders, have joined forces to overcome barriers.

John DeBenedette, managing director, WIN said: “WIN’s electronic AWB services are in daily use in almost 20 countries already however as we are based in Thailand we were concerned about the slow uptake here. Partnering with BFS and key forwarders to overcome local barriers fits right into our strategy to make e-AWB easy, especially for independent forwarders.”

Some of the main challenges to e-AWB adoption in Thailand arise from the current state of air export processes. Agents deliver cargo to the handler’s warehouse to obtain a paper ‘weight slip’ showing actual ‘pcs’, ‘wgt’ and ‘dims’ which the driver brings this back to the office for the forwarder to update their system, print the AWB/ docs and return them to the warehouse.

Then the handler manually enters the Master and any House bills into the carrier’s system. The result is that Thai forwarders miss the opportunity to take advantage of lower charges on house bill entry fees, drivers queue in lines and traffic ferrying paperwork multiple times per consignment, and the inefficiency is passed straight up the chain.