Last August, e-AWB penetration worldwide reached 31,7%, almost 3 points above the figure recorded in July. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), promoter of e-communications in the sector, has set 45% as the target figure to be achieved by the end of 2015.
As we explained in previous posts, the IATA has rolled out a technological initiative to achieve more efficient communications between airlines, freight forwarders and customs authorities. It is estimated that this project, known as e-freight, will help cut down the use of 7800 tons of paper worldwide, while enhancing security and minimizing the time given over to shipment of goods by air.
Among the documents that may be exchanged electronically via the Cargo-XML schema, the e-AWB or electronic air waybill is the most important. This is why its analysis is a key factor in determining the sector’s technological evolution in the e-freight area. According to the IATA, a year ago the penetration of this shipping document was around 19,9%. In other words, 12% below the current figure.
The IATA monthly report highlights how more than half the volume of e-AWBs exchanged in August came from only 9 airports: HKG, SIN, ICN, DXB, AMS, TPE, CDG, LHR and ORD. However, this system is already in place in many other airports worldwide (in 456, specifically) and its expansion continues to grow. In fact, it has increased by 20% over the past year..
By regions of origin, the Middle East still leads the field in e-AWB penetration, with a rate of over 58%. Runners-up include Africa (44,3%), Northern Asia (38,2%), Pacific Asia (34,4%), the Americas (28,9%) and Europe (22,7%).
EDICOM, Strategic Partner
EDICOM takes part in IATA’s Strategic Partnership initiative, which brings together leading suppliers of e-solutions for the air freight industry. Through the EDICOMAir platform, airlines and forwarding agents can exchange shipping information automatically and securely, in line with the IATA’s XML standards. In addition, the Public Administrations HUB enables connection with any customs authority. The entire process is carried out efficiently, paperless, with scarcely any human intervention and in record time.