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Air waybill (AWB)

What is an air waybill?

An air waybill (AWB) is a vital logistics document used in air freight transportation. It serves as a contract of carriage between the shipper (consignor) and the airline (carrier), detailing the terms and conditions of air transportation for the shipment. The air waybill contains essential information such as the origin and destination of the cargo, the description of goods, the weight, and the freight charges.

How do I find my air waybill number?

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The air waybill number is a unique identifier assigned to each shipment and can be found on the physical document provided by the carrier or through electronic communication from the shipping company. In the example above, it is located in the top right and bottom right corners. The air waybill number allows you to track the status and location of the shipment during transit.

How to track air waybills

Air waybill tracking allows shippers and consignees to monitor the progress of their shipments in real-time. Most carriers offer online air waybill tracking services accessible through their websites or mobile applications. By entering the air waybill number, users can track the current status, estimated delivery time, and any updates or delays affecting the shipment. Supply chain visibility and freight tracking platforms can be used to automate the collection of tracking updates. 

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