, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15 – Emirates Sky Cargo has become the first carrier to implement Electronic-Air Waybill (e-AWB) shipments under the industry’s recently ratified multilateral e-AWB standard.
Ram Menen, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo said the move followed the recent World Cargo Symposium held in Doha, at which the e-AWB multilateral agreement was ratified.
“We have observed heightened interest in e-freight implementation industry-wide. We are at an important junction for the cargo industry with the future looking bright for e-freight adoption,” he said.
In a statement, the carrier says: “Since 2011, Emirates Sky Cargo has put in place over 120 bilateral e-AWB agreements with its customers to ensure a smooth transition from paper Air Waybills (AWB) to electronic record formats, known in industry terms as ‘Electronic Air Waybill data’ (FWB).”
“With increased flexibility in the e-AWB process as a result of the multilateral e-AWB agreement, industry players are finding it easier to enter into the e-AWB environment and manage processes electronically with their customers,” Menen said.
“As a result, we will see increased adoption of e-AWB processes for both the Montreal and Warsaw Convention Countries over the coming months and years. Emirates Sky Cargo will continue to remain at the forefront of these developments and advise those interested in taking the steps to ‘go green’ and adopt a paperless cargo system,” Menen added.
Emirates Cargo Manager for East Africa Khalid Al Hinai said Emirates’ full transition to e-freight was a giant stride forward for the airline.
“Eliminating paper AWBs from our hub demonstrates our commitment to bringing enhanced operational efficiency to the supply chain.
The benefits for the entire industry are clear, simplifying business and reducing costs, and as more and more parties come on board, the benefits will become greater,” added Al Hinai.
They say the use of e-AWBs means accurate information and delays caused by loss of documents are avoided, while there is a reduction in the industry impact on the environment.
Emirates Sky Cargo operates dedicated freighter aircraft’s between Dubai and Nairobi three times a week in addition to the belly hold capacity of the 14 weekly flights out of Nairobi.