Tuesday, 11 November 2014


The freight forwarder offering a consolidation service will issue its own Air Waybill to the shipper.

The contract of carriage between the shipper and the freight forwarder is called House Air Waybill (HAWB)as well as, the contract of carriage between the freight forwarder and international airline is called Master Air Waybill (MAWB).

  A House Air waybill (HAWB) could act as a multimodal transport document. Therefore, HAWB or air consignment refers to a receipt issued by freight forwarder for goods and an evidence of the contract of carriage, but it is not a document of  title to the goods. Hence, the HAWB is non – negotiable. There are two reference numbers on HAWB, one is on the top left with eleven digits is the Master Air Waybill and another one is on the top right is the HAWB number. HAWB number is always different from one freight forwarder to another without limitation or standard digit. Customer is to use this number to trace shipment with freight forwarder. 

 Conclusively, Airline air waybill (AWB), with pre-printed issuing carrier identification, this an official document of title to the goods which is often used to validate the training contract between the shipper and the international airline.

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