What is an Air Waybill (AWB)?
An Air Waybill or AWB is a type of Bill of Lading document that accompanies goods shipped by international air courier services to provide important details about the shipment. During the shipment process, a copy of this bill is provided to every party involved so that they can document and track the shipment.
An Air Waybill is also known as a Consignment Note and holds the power of ‘Contract of Carriage’ between the shipper and the carrier. It is important to note that an Air Waybill becomes enforceable by law after both parties have signed the document.
What information is included in an Air Waybill document?
An Air Waybill contains the following information:
Names and Addresses: Both, the shipper and the consignee must provide their full names and addresses.
3-letter Airport Codes: The airport codes of both the origin and destination must be provided. (Example: LAX→ MCO)
Shipment Value: Documentation regarding the total estimated value of the shipment must be provided to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Description of Items Being Shipped: The shipper must indicate the number of shipping units, the weight, and dimensions of the freight, along with information on materials used in the freight and its packaging.
Special Instructions: In this field, the shipper provides caring and handling instructions.