Great majority of the data are now transferred by means of the paper documents in air cargo transportation.
Considering that paper documents of approximately 30 pages are prepared for any international shipment, this method not only makes data communications harder, but also causes waste of paper in air cargo transportation processes.
E-Freight application is an IATA-initiated business development application covering the industry, in its entirety, including the carrier airlines, agents, senders, GHA and customs management departments. Electronic airwaybill (e-AWB) and the associated single process application, one of the essential steps of E-Freight application, is carried out by Turkish Cargo in all its operational processes.
Digital Cargo applications bring the following advantages in transportation processes:
- Faster and more effective data transmission
Loss of time and paper, caused by use of documents, is prevented in operational processes, ensuring transmission of the details faster and without any error.
- Enhanced traceability in details
Any and all data regarding the transportation processes can now be displayed instantly and all shipments are traceable by the authorized persons throughout the transportation period.
- Higher data quality
Loss of time, caused by documentation process, is eliminated, and all data are archived and kept up-to-date more smoothly, and maintained for longer years.
- Provision of more up-to-date details
Any and all details regarding AWBs are kept up-to-date by means of fast data transmission with interstation systematic messages, and users can access all up-to-date details at any time.
- Environment Friendly
Waste of paper, caused by documentation processes, is eliminated, resulting in protection of nature.
- Keeping up with technology
Any and all AWB details are transmitted to the electronic medium, enabling all concerned departments to access the most up-to-date and accurate details. This creates the ideal environment for the technological developments such as automation, monitoring and reporting, etc.
Electronic Airway Bill (e-AWB): Electronic airway bill (e-AWB) application enables drawing up of the shipment airway bills on digital medium. This eliminated the need to draw up the paper airway bills (AWBs), and ensures more secure, up-to-date and accurate data transmission.
Minimum one of the following agreements should have been executed for transmission of data by means of Electronic Airwaybills (e-AWB) with Turkish Cargo:
- Bilateral Agreement: It refers to the agreement which is executed by and between the agent and the airline company, and which grants the entitlement to maintain the business processes by means of e-AWBs for the contracting parties, only. The agent may not maintain its business processes with any other airline company by means of e-AWBs, or vice-versa, through the agency of this agreement. Once the agreement is executed, an activation form will be sent to the agent by the airline company. This activation form should be filled in, and then returned to the airline company by the agent. Upon completion of all necessary procedures, cooperation will be initiated with the stations supporting the e-AWB infrastructure.
- Multilateral Agreement: It refers to the agreement, which is executed unilaterally with IATA by the airline companies or agents which fulfill the qualifications, as required under the standards prescribed by IATA, and which enables all parties, which fulfill the qualifications as necessary, to utilize the e-AWB application with each other. Through the agency of this agreement, the Parties are deemed to have executed the e-AWB agreement with all the other contracted airline companies and agents. The airline company will activate the agent on IATA Matchmaker, and start to utilize the e-AWB application.
Single Process: E-AWB application may not be utilized for various reasons at some routes. Considering this criteria, the parties should draw up paper AWB using the electronic data, available on the system, if so required, and proceed with the transportation process.
Turkish Cargo supports the 'single process' application at many stations it provides service.
Note : With respect to e-AWB shipments, EAP should be used as the special handling (SPH) code. You can download an example from here.
Single Process implementation steps;
- Forwarder sends the FWB message, and the airline will copy the FWB message on the GHA.
- Airline company/GHA will perform cargo/document acceptance processes in line with the FWB message.
- Airline company will get a print-out of the AWB in line with the FWB message, if and when so required.
- The hard-copy AWB, if and when so required, and the electronic data should be identical.
To obtain more information on E-Freight, you can visit the below-given links.