Digital Cargo

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Waste of paper, caused by documentation processes, is eliminated, resulting in protection of nature.

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:

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;

  1. Forwarder sends the FWB message, and the airline will copy the FWB message on the GHA.
  2. Airline company/GHA will perform cargo/document acceptance processes in line with the FWB message.
  3. Airline company will get a print-out of the AWB in line with the FWB message, if and when so required.
  4. 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.