E-air waybill (e-AWB) penetration rose in April to 14.3 percent – 0.9 percent more than March, according to the International Air Transport Association.
The e-AWB surpassed 205,000 shipments in April.
As the number of e-AWB shipments increase, customs across a number of countries are updating their requirements on the AWB and embracing the automated process in their procedures. In the United Arab Emirates, the customs authorities formalized the acceptance of e-AWB for both imports and exports at Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai and Al Maktoum international airports.
The air cargo industry is actively engaging customs authorities worldwide to encourage the e-AWB regulatory acceptance. E-AWB pilots are underway in Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil and China. At the same time, Lebanese and Jordanian authorities are revisiting their AWB regulations.