Carriers & The Single Process

Carriers & The Single Process

Simplifying Practices to Boost Participation of Air Freight Forwarders

In order to increase forwarder adoption, carriers are implementing a Single Process approach to the eAWB. As discussed previously, air freight forwarders have been slow to adopt the eAWB due to the complexity of determining what information to send and what routes are eAWB-capable. The Single Process places the responsibility on carriers to:

  • Determine whether a shipment scenario qualifies for an Electronic Contract of Carriage (ECC) or is an Electronic Contract Printed (ECP) shipment and requires paper
  • Analyze applicable trade lane considerations, such as if a Country of Origin (COO) and the Country of Destination (COD) have ratified the Montreal Convention (MC99) or Montreal Protocol (MP4)
  • Further determine if any additional local protocols must be adhered to, such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirements for the eAWB
  • Apply any special handling or hazardous material codes to the shipment as required
  • Help forwarders and Ground Handling Agents (GHAs) on-board and adopt the Single Process approach

In regard to the eAWB, carriers should have flexible technology to boost adoption by air freight forwarders. The interface or system must be optimized for high volumes from larger forwarders and have capabilities to handle smaller or lower volume forwarders.

Carriers: Reducing Complexity

  • Although the Single Process approach can reduce complexity for forwarders, it places multiple eAWB considerations on the carrier. Leading airlines are encouraged to contact technology providers who can assist with some of the validation processes and message translation complexity to reduce the IT workload on a carrier’s business.