BIFA welcomes e-air waybill green light
David Badger | Tuesday, 09 April 2013
Air and forwarder groups agree standard that will lead to more paperless air freight
Airlines and forwarders can sign once with IATA and in effect enter into e-waybill agreements with all other parties to the agreement.
“BIFA has long championed efforts to develop and promote greater adoption of a working e-air waybill model,” said Peter Quantrill, BIFA’s Director General.
“The multilateral standard helps smooth the way to remove the paper air waybill and improve e-AWB take up, as well as providing the legal framework to conclude air cargo contracts by electronic means.
“It includes provisions for the consent to produce an e-AWB, the rights and obligations of the parties, and the confidentially and security of data.”
He added: “Nothing in the agreement changes the airlines’ conditions of contract, nor mandates that either airlines or forwarders that participate in the multilateral agreement are obliged to conduct e-AWB activities with each other.
“It simply provides the platform to do so when the parties mutually agree to it.”
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