Qatar goes for e-Air Way­bills

Pa­per­less trans­ac­tions for cargo ship­ments will bring ac­cu­racy, in­crease ef­fi­ciency by re­duc­ing op­er­a­tional costs and speed­ing up de­liv­ery of air freight ship­ments.

Cargo Talk - - International News -

Qatar Air­ways Cargo and Qatar Cus­toms have signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) for the use of elec­tronic Air Way­bill (e-AWB). The doc­u­ment was signed by

Ul­rich Ogier­mann, Chief Of­fi­cer Cargo, Qatar Air­ways and

Mo­hammed Ahmed Al Mo­han­nadi, Chair­man, Gen­eral Au­thor­ity, Qatar Cus­toms in the pres­ence of se­nior of­fi­cials from both com­pa­nies.

The mile­stone agree­ment will bring Qatar Air­ways one step closer to­wards elec­tronic freight, also known as e-freight, with the in­ten­tion to elim­i­nate the re­quire­ment for the pa­per Air Way­bill.

The air­line will now im­ple­ment pa­per­less freight trans­ac­tions for ship­ments orig­i­nat­ing and tran­sit­ing through Doha, as well as for im­port ship­ments into Doha.

Sign­ing the agree­ment, Ogier­mann said, “Ben­e­fit of mov­ing into pa­per­less trans­ac­tions is greatly un­der­stood by all those of who han­dle a large num­ber of cargo trans­ac­tions on a daily ba­sis. The sign­ing of the SOP is a step­ping-stone to im­ple­ment­ing the e-AWB, which is highly ben­e­fi­cial to the cargo in­dus­try. We are look­ing for­ward to greater ef­fi­ciency by in­tro­duc­ing elec­tronic air way­bill ship­ments.”

Mo­han­nadi said, “The Air Way­bill sys­tem will in­te­grate our cus­toms clear­ance sys­tems with the ex­ist­ing elec­tronic data­bases in Qatar. When op­er­a­tional, th­ese sys­tems will lead to sim­pli­fy­ing travel pro­ce­dures, re­duc­ing the op­er­a­tional costs and sav­ing time. Even­tu­ally, th­ese sys­tems will lead to the wider im­ple­men­ta­tion of smart gov­er­nance and help us to achieve Qatar’s Vi­sion 2030.”

Qatar Air­ways, Qatar Cus­toms, Qatar Avi­a­tion Ser­vices and IATA have jointly de­vel­oped the step-by-step pro­ce­dure to im­ple­ment the e-AWB. Qatar Air­ways ac­cepts e-AWB ship­ments at more than 20 sta­tions in its net­work and trans­ports 14 per cent of its net­work air way­bills un­der the e-AWB process, on fea­si­ble e-AWB lanes. With the e-AWB, there is no longer a need to print, han­dle or ar­chive pa­per-based Air Way­bills.

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