Emirates takes paperless lead

EMIRATES SKYCARGO is the first airline to implement electronic airwaybill (e-AWB) shipments under the industry’s newly-ratified multilateral paperless standard.
The UAE carrier has worked tirelessly towards the adoption of e-freight with its customers, whilst also ensuring that processes are more widely understood and adopted in the industry as a whole, reveals Ram Menen, senior vice-president.
Since 2011, Emirates SkyCargo has put in place more than 120 bilateral e-AWB agreements with its customers.The aim is to ensure a smooth transition from paper AWBs to electronic formats.
“Following the recent World Cargo Symposium held in Doha, we have received an increased interest in e-AWB adoption from our customer base globally.“In addition, we have observed heightened interest in e-freight implementation industrywide. We are at an important junction for the cargo industry, with the future looking bright for e-freight adoption,” Menen, adds.
With increased flexibility in the e-AWB process as a result of the multilateral agreement, industry players are now finding it easier to enter into the e-AWB environment and manage processes electronically with their customers.
“As a result, we will see increased adoption of e-AWB processes for the Montreal and Warsaw Convention countries over the coming months and years. Emirates SkyCargo 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,” he adds.
Emirates SkyCargo has involved all industry stakeholders in the e-AWB adoption process, including Customs, handling agents, freight forwarders and relevant government entities. 
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