e-AWB is now available for e-shipping worldwide

With electronic Air Waybills (e-AWBs), your shipping process is easier with less paper.

The e-AWB is applicable to all international shipments except those destined for Brazil and limited stations in China. Due to government and customs regulations, shipments destined for Brazil and certain stations in China, require signed copies of the paper master air waybill (MAWB) at this time.

What is e-AWB?

Use of the e-AWB eliminates the need to print, handle and archive paper air waybills. Shipment-specific data contained on the front of the paper AWB is replaced by electronic messages the customer sends to United. The conditions of contract on the back of the paper AWB are replaced by the IATA Multilateral Agreement or by bilateral agreements. When the MAWB and any HAWB data is sent via standard e-AWB messages, origin agents need only to verify pieces and weight to accept the shipment.

Why e-AWB?

There is an industry-wide initiative to move to a completely paperless shipping process, and e-AWB is the first step in that process. By shipping with an e-AWB, you can reduce costs, speed processing time and improve productivity. Environmentally-friendly e-AWBs also reduce your carbon footprint and remove the risk of your MAWB ever getting misplaced during shipment.

How to get started

This useful checklist will help you start shipping electronically with United Cargo.

  1. In order to participate in the e-AWB program, you must sign the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Multilateral e-AWB Agreement. This allows you to tender shipments without the paper copy of the MAWB.
  2. Verify that you have the EDI messaging capabilities needed to send a Freight Waybill (FWB) message. If so, your system supports e-AWBs. If not, we have options available to book and submit your FWB through UnitedCargo.com.
  3. Contact the United Cargo e-AWB Team at eAWBRequest@united.com to complete the activation form to begin shipping electronically with United Cargo.
  4. Start shipping electronically with e-AWB.

The following stations are currently open for e-AWB export:

  • Amsterdam (AMS)
  • Anchorage (ANC)
  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Auckland (AKL)
  • Austin (AUS)
  • Baltimore (BWI)
  • Barcelona (BCN)
  • Beijing (PEK)
  • Berlin (TXL)
  • Bogota (BOG)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Brussels (BRU)
  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Cincinnati (CVG)
  • Cleveland (CLE)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Detroit (DTW)
  • Dublin (DUB)
  • Dulles (IAD)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Fort Meyers (RSW)
  • Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Geneva (GVA)
  • Glasgow (GLA)
  • Hamburg (HAM)
  • Haneda (HND)
  • Hartford (BDL)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Honolulu (HNL)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Inchon – Seoul (ICN)
  • Kona (KOA)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • London (LHR)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Madrid (MAD)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Maui (OGG)
  • Melbourne (MEL)
  • Mexico City (MEX)
  • Milan (MXP)
  • Minneapolis (MSP)
  • Montreal (YUL)
  • Munich (MUC)
  • Narita (NRT)
  • Nashville (BNA)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • New Orleans (MSY)
  • New York (LGA)
  • Omaha (OMA)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Paris (CDG)
  • Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Portland (PDX)
  • Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
  • Rome (FCO)
  • Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
  • Sacramento (SMF)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • San Juan (SJU)
  • Santiago (SCL)
  • Santo Domingo (SDQ)
  • Sao Paulo (GRU)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • Shanghai (PVG)
  • Singapore (SIN)
  • Sydney (SYD)
  • Taipei (TPE)
  • Tel Aviv (TLV)
  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • Vancouver (YVR)
  • Zurich (ZRH)