French Translation : Lettre de Transport Aérien (LTA)
The Air Waybill is the transport document for goods shipped by air. The Air Waybill acts as the transport contract of goods agreed upon between the transporter and shipper. The AWB is not a mandatory document, unless the companies are members of the IATA (International Air Transport Association).
Necessary for import and export of goods, the Air Waybill serves as all the following:
The layout of the Air Waybill was standardized by the IATA via the CSC (Cargo Services Conference). The AWB must indicate the following obligatory information:
The IATA has created the e-Air Waybill in order to simplify the air freight procedures. The AWB in paper format will progressively be replaced by the digital version. This system will make procedures faster and more secure.
The Air Waybill can be written by the recipient, the expediter or the transporter (airline company). In the case of a single unit , the Air Waybill is written by the airline agent. For a grouped , the consolidator establishes a House Air Waybill, signed by the airline company before loading of the goods, then handed over to the shipper. The shipper is responsible for the exactness of the information and declaration relative to the goods registered on the Air Waybill. The expediter can manage the transport of goods using one or many Air Waybills if there are several packages to be shipped.
In paper format, the Air waybill is produced in 3 copies:
Convention for the standardization of certain regulations relative to international transport of goods by air or the Montreal Convention of 28 May 1999.
Convention for the standardization of certain regulations relative to international transport of goods by air or the Warsaw Convention of 12 October 1929, amended in 1955, 1961, 1971 and 1975. States that have not signed the Montreal Convention (destined to replace the Warsaw Convention) are subject to the regulations of the Warsaw Convention.