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e-AirWayBill (e-AWB)

The eAWB is a transaction of electronic data messages (EDI) in lieu of the standard hardcopy paper AWB.

eAWBs help customers save time and contribute to a healthier environment through a reduction in paper used and ultimately lighter cargo loads that require less fuel, therefore produce lower carbon emissions. eAWBs contribute to Polar’s greening strategy – less waste, better future!


  • Elimination of paper based products
  • Improves efficiency and reliability of the overall cargo handling process
  • Faster delivery times
  • Decrease handling errors
  • Positive impact on the environment with overall reduced paper usage
  • Milestones for e-AWB adoption:

  • Sign the eAWB Multilateral IATA Agreement
  • Contact your local sales representative for more information
  • Get your IT systems ready! FWB & FHL messages
  • Data quality checks between Freight Forwarder and Polar Air Cargo required
  • EAW = eAWB shipments without accompanying paper documents
  • EAP = eAWB shipments with accompanying paper documents, e.g. pouch, consol manifest, etc.
  • Reference Links:

  • IATA’s e-AWB FAQ:
  • MeA: