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Aug 23,2022

What is Airway Bill?

Last time we talked about the bill of lading, let's take a look at the air waybill today.


1. The basic concept of air waybill

First of all, in a strict sense, the air waybill should be called an air waybill or an air waybill, and should not add the word "mention", because it is a bit different from the ocean bill of lading. The air waybill is not a document of title and cannot be transferred by endorsement. , which is only equivalent to the certificate of transportation and delivery, that is, a cargo receipt and certificate issued to the shipper after the carrier (airline) receives the cargo and accepts the shipper's air transportation request. The agent at the port of destination picks up the goods not based on the air waybill but based on the delivery notice issued by the airline.

Air Waybill (AWB for short) can be divided into Master Air Waybill (MAWB for short) and Air Waybill (HAWB for short) according to the different objects of issuance, which are what we usually call Master Bill and the Separate Bill. Whether there is an acknowledgment of the waybill, it can be divided into neutral air waybill and non-neutral air waybill (ie Airline Air Waybill). The method of issuing orders can be divided into straight orders and set orders (main order).


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2. Air waybill issuance process

MAWB master order refers to the transportation basis issued by the airline to the shipper (freight forwarder or shipper), indicating that the shipper has completed the delivery operation and the airline has received the goods to be carried, which is equivalent to the agreement between the airline and the shipper. contract of carriage. Each air master bill number corresponds to a batch of goods. SHIPPER on the master bill is the freight forwarder of the port of departure, and CNEE is the agent of the port of destination. When the goods arrive at the port of destination, the agent of the port of destination will arrange customs clearance or entrust other importers to clear customs and Deliver the goods to the respective consignees.


HAWB separate order refers to the transportation basis and delivery certificate issued by the centralized shipper (freight forwarder) to each consignor. In addition, if the consignee does not have the ability to clear customs, and needs to entrust the relevant agent or importer to clear the customs, it also needs to issue a separate bill, or it involves three-party trade, in order to prevent the consignee from knowing the real consignor, also It will be resolved by issuing a separate order. SHIPPER on the separate order is the shipper and CNEE is the actual consignee.


3. The specific content of the air waybill

The following is an air waybill template for reference. Since the format of the main bill and the sub-bill are basically the same, and the main content is similar, a sub-bill template is used as an example here.

Airway Bill