IATA e-freight is an industry wide initiative which aims to reduce the amount of paper documents in the air-freight supply chain by replacing paper with a simple, electronic filing system. It affects airlines, shippers, freight forwarders, customs authorities, and ground handlers. IATA launched its first pilot e-freight project in 2007 in 44 countries with 32 airlines and 1465 freight forwarders. IATA's target is to have 70% of all AWBs as e-AWBs by the end of 2013 and 100 by the end of 2015. An average shipment can generate 30 different documents. IATA estimates that $4.9 billion can be saved by eliminating paper. When documents arrive ahead of cargo, customs clearance and airline processing can be cut by 24 hours.
We are at present piloting an electronic e-freight system. This will create a fully compliant FWB. The FWB can then be imported directly into any system for example; Hermes, CargoSpot, ABS etc.