Following a successful four-month pilot phase, Swiss WorldCargo, the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd, is now offering the “eAWB Single Process”. The new process should significantly accelerate adoption of the e-AWB throughout its network.
Swiss WorldCargo can now accept Single Process e-AWB shipments in Zurich, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York JFK and Copenhagen. The facility will be further extended to six to eight more stations by the end of this year, and to the further suitable airports in the Swiss WorldCargo network in the course of 2016.
The “e-AWB Single Process” makes e-AWB adoption much smoother for the freight forwarding community. In fact, the Single Process allows the forwarder to tender all shipments to the airline without a paper AWB, even on trade lanes where a paper AWB is required.
“Our adoption of the e-AWB Single Process at Swiss WorldCargo is thanks to the collaborative efforts of our ground handling partners Cargologic, Swissport and Lufthansa Handling and – during the pilot phase – our customers Panalpina, Brinks, Unitrans, Schenker and Malca Amit,” says Paolo Tuzzi, Manager Transportation Processes and e-AWB Project Lead.
In Switzerland, the transformation has been driven by IG Air Cargo (Interest Group Air Cargo Switzerland), of which Swiss WorldCargo and its handling partners are founding members, and which has been committed to facilitating the involvement of local stakeholders.