The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says the electronic air waybill (e-AWB) penetration rate was 50.7 per cent in April.
This is still well below the 62 per cent target by December this year, but up 1.3 per cent on the previous month.
IATA says the volume of e-AWBs was 730,762 in the month, which represented 50.7 per cent of where it is legally feasible.
The top airlines by e-AWB penetration rate were Kenya Airways and flydubai with 100 per cent, Cathay Pacific third at 80.5 per cent, followed by Delta Air Lines at 74.7 per cent and Singapore Airlines Cargo at 74.1 per cent.
Top freight forwarders by e-AWB penetration were Expeditors at 69.4 per cent, followed by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics at 67.9 per cent, Schenker at 62.5 per cent, UPS at 61.2 per cent and Panalpina at 60.7 per cent.
The top airports by origin in terms of e-AWB volume was Hong Kong International Airport in first at 68.5 per cent, a fall on the 70.8 per cent in March followed by Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 52.1 per cent, a rise on the 45.7 per cent in March and Changi Airport at 71.5 per cent.
Top airlines by e-AWB volume were Cathay Pacific with 80.5 per cent, followed by Air France – KLM Group at 73.6 per cent and Singapore Airlines Cargo at 74.1 per cent.
The top freight forwarders by e-AWB volume were DHL Global Forwarding at 56 per cent, followed by Schenker at 62.5 per cent, Expeditors at 69.4 per cent, Panalpina at 60.7 per cent and K + N at 37.7 per cent.
The top country of origin by e-AWB volume was the US, but that represented 43.7 per cent of volumes and was down on the 44.3 per cent in March, followed by China at 50.2 per cent, up on the 46.3 per cent in March.