Qatar Airways Cargo signed a multilateral e-AWB agreement with the International Air Transport Association, providing the legal framework for electronic cargo contracts.
The e-AWB removes the requirement for a paper AWB, thereby reducing operational costs and speeding up the delivery of airfreight.
“Benefits of electronic airway bills include reduced costs, higher productivity, better reliability and enhanced regulatory compliance,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said. “Most importantly, it paves the way toward a paper-free E-freight system.”
The agreement with IATA enables Qatar Airways Cargo to accept e-AWB from all participating freight forwarders. Freight forwarders who have signed multilateral e-AWB agreements with IATA will be able to tender e-AWB shipments to Qatar.
To facilitate electronic data exchange with freight forwarders, the airline appointed Cargo Community Network – Singapore, a provider of cargo community system services, as its partner.