Swiss WorldCargo to up e-AWB efforts


Swiss WorldCargo says it has been intensifying its efforts to adopt the new electronic air waybill (e-AWB).

The Switzerland carrier is one of a number of International Air Transport Association (IATA) carriers that have taken the lead in the e-AWB 360 campaign, and have committed to offering e-AWB under the ‘Single Process’ concept at a number of airports.

Swiss WorldCargo says it is switching to e-AWB as the preferred means of shipping cargo, using the ‘Single Process’ service.

As envisaged under the “e-AWB 360 campaign” promoted by IATA to accelerate process implementation, the new e-AWB approach is offered to all destinations and to all customers at a number of airports.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol became the first such ‘e-airport’ on 1 January, joined by Paris Charles de Gaulle on 1 February, and by Zurich Airport, Dubai International Airport, Changi Airport, Heathrow Airport and both Milan gateways on 1 March. Additional key airports will follow in subsequent months.

Swiss WorldCargo head of transportation processes, Christine Barden says: “The e-AWB 360 campaign marks another important milestone on the front of paperless cargo. At Swiss WorldCargo we have a holistic approach and we work extensively with regulators, freight forwarders, ground handling agents and other key stakeholders worldwide to achieve a paperless and more secure supply chain.

“In Zurich, for instance, we were the first airline to adopt the eCSD ‘Electronic Consignment Security Declarations’ which complements the paperless acceptance of air cargo.”