GOING PAPERLESS

Paperwork plays an important role in our industry but paper documents can get lost, handling them takes valuable time and they leave an ecological footprint. Therefore, the Cargo industry has to switch over to digital by getting rid of the paper and by proceeding with Electronic Data Interchange messaging.

  • More accurate and more reliable electronic messaging
  • Lower cost, the entire industry can save 4.9 billions US dollars per year
  • Environmentally friendly, e- Freight will eliminate more than 7,800 tons of paper documents

e-Freight

E-freight is the dematerialization and the digitalization of all the transports documents of shipment. The purpose is to set up an end-to-end paperless process for the whole supply chain industry. Paper documents are replaced by electronic messages (FWB for Master Airway Bill, FHL for House Airway Bill, invoices...) This e-freight project is supported by IATA and by all players in the Air Freight industry.

E-AWB Activation

The e-AWB refers to a transportation contract between a shipper/forwarder and an airline. With the e-AWB, there is no longer a need to print, handle or archive a paper AWB." The contract obtains its legal status by an electronic combination of:
  • The FWB message sent by the forwarder to the airline;
  • The FSU/RCS message sent in return by the airline to the forwarder.

What are the benefits?

Faster supply chain

Faster supply chain transit times: the ability to send electronic document before the cargo itself can reduce the industry cycle times.

Cost savings

Lower costs: the total Airfreight Industry can save up US $ 4.9 billion per year.

Greater accuracy

Greater accuracy: allowing electronic data entry at point of origin until RCS reduces delays to shipments due to inaccurate or inconsistent data entry.

Increased security

Increased security: electronic documents are only made available to parties who require them for the completion of a shipment.

Regulatory compliance

E-freight meets all international and local regulations relating to provision of electronic documents and data required by customs, civil aviation and other regulatory authorities.

Environment friendly

E-freight meets all international and local regulations relating to provision of electronic documents and data required by customs, civil aviation and other regulatory authorities.

Action Roadmap To Going Paperless

Step 1 : Join the IATA Multilateral e-AWB Agreement.

Step 2 : Transmit electronic Airway Bill/ House Airway Bill data

Step 3 : Receive the activation notice from AFKLM

Step 4 : From now, send your FWB/FHL messages

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Go digital with digital check-in at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, it is possible to digitally check-in (export) freight shipments upfront of delivering at KLM Cargo. The digital check-in can be made in eLink, a Cargonaut IT system. Thanks to the digital check-in, booking, security and customs checks are made beforehand. This enables a faster process at ground handling.

Shipments which are not digitally check-in always require a stop at the documentation office for manual checks of the documents by Documentation staff.

The main benefit of the digital check-in of freight shipments is speed and a more efficient operational process. Shipments which are totally paperless (EAW) can proceed directly to the warehouse, while shipments with a pouch (EAP) can use the quick drop-off Priority desk at Documentation.

Which products can be delivered via digital check-in at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol?

All cargo products can be digitally checked-in, except Live Animals & Valuables. These products may be added in the future to the service.

How to join digital check-in?

1. Join the IATA Multilateral e-AWB Agreement. (click here to join)
2. Fill in the EDI form on our website & transmit electronic Airway Bill/ House Airway Bill data. (Send your FWB to mail.efreight@airfrance.fr)
3. Receive the activation notice from AFKLM (when the FWB meets our standard, the activation notice is send)
4. Register at Cargonaut for e-link (e-link is used to send your e-AWB)

Click here for more information on KLM´s acceptance conditions.

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