Thursday, 21 Jan 2021
In line with the government’s plans to implement international best practices in business, Oman has adopted the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) electronic air waybill (eAWB) standard in replacement of the paper air waybill - the contract of carriage for international airfreight shipments.

Sultanate adopts IATA’s electronic air waybill (eAWB) normal

The introduction of the eAWB normal in the sultanate will reinforce Oman’s position as an internationally competitive logistics hub with a digitally connected and integrated air cargo provide chain. The air waybill is an air cargo document that serves as a contract of carriage in between the forwarder and the carrier.

The use of eAWB enables freight forwarders and traders to communicate straight with more than 120 airline operators about the planet to report and handle their shipments. Omani traders will also advantage from the use of the eAWB as it will eliminate barriers to trade by facilitating early (pre-arrival) reporting to customs and earlier release, decreasing cargo storage time and expenses.

In help of the implementation method, IATA and CHAMP Cargo Systems will supply freight forwarders low-price on the internet facilitation for the creation and sharing of eAWB messages. This indicates that nearby companies can advantage from the electronic reporting, without having the want to invest in creating digital systems in their companies.

Oman Air Cargo and Asyad carried out an eAWB workshop for the trade partners and airlines by inviting delegates from IATA and CHAMP systems to share the very best practices and develop awareness about eAWB. On this occasion Oman Air Cargo became eAWB compliant by signing the IATA Resolution 672, Attachment D agreement. Oman Air Cargo is the industrial cargo division of Oman Air.

Mohammed Ali al Musafir, senior vice president, Oman Air Cargo mentioned, “The digital advancement is changing the way industries operate. Oman Air Cargo is always at the forefront of adopting the latest e-initiatives to further develop the standards of the air freight industry in Oman and make trade easier and faster for all industry players.”

Mazen al Homsi, regional cargo manager MEA, IATA mentioned, “The adoption of eAWB will develop the air cargo community in Oman. IATA has been signing up more carriers, airports and freight forwarders into the eAWB system.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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