IATA to use Descartes’ GLN for its eAWBLink

IATA's global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is using Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (GLN) to help small to medium-sized freight forwarders electronically communicate and receive air waybill data and status messages through IATA’s eAWBLink.

IATA’s global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes (pictured above) says: “We launched eAWBLink as an easy-to-use solution to accelerate global electronic air waybill (eAWB) adoption and to compliment the current portfolio of high quality solutions developed by industry technology partners.

“We’re pleased to partner with Descartes to use the GLN as the tool that will connect eAWBLink to over 100 carriers. Descartes is a leading provider of value-added network services for electronic logistics communications and a strong supporter of industry digitalisation.”

The eAWB is the digital form of a paper air waybill (AWB) and serves as the foundation for electronic communication between air carriers, forwarders and ground handling agents (GHAs). Per IATA, there has been a significant increase in eAWB adoption among larger forwarders.

However, small to medium-size forwarders, who generate approximately 25 per cent of AWBs issued, have been slower to adopt the eAWB. eAWBLink, supported by Descartes’ GLN connectivity solution will make it easier for these forwarders to adopt the eAWB and benefit from the overall efficiency gains it can produce.

Descartes vice president of Global Logistics Network, Scott Sangster says: “We’re pleased to help IATA modernise and streamline the air cargo industry through the adoption of the eAWB.

“Descartes has a long history of supporting IATA’s strategic partner initiatives such as e-Freight, Cargo iQ, and others in addition to the eAWB. We look forward to our continued collaboration with IATA to help standardise and digitise air cargo processes that can improve the productivity of all participants in the air cargo community.”