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What Is a House Air Waybill (HAWB)?

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What Is a House Air Waybill (HAWB)?

A House Air Waybill (HAWB) is a vital document used in the airfreight industry to facilitate and document the transportation of goods by air. It serves as a contract of carriage between the shipper (usually a freight forwarder) and the airline. The HAWB is issued by the freight forwarder, who consolidates multiple shipments from various shippers into a single consolidated shipment bound for a specific destination.

What Is the Difference Between a Master Air Waybill and a House Air Waybill?

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The HAWB contains essential information such as the shipper's and consignee's details, a description of the goods being transported, the weight and dimensions of the cargo, the agreed-upon freight charges, and any special instructions for handling the shipment. It plays a pivotal role in tracking and tracing the cargo throughout its journey, allowing various parties involved in the logistics chain to monitor its progress and ensure timely delivery.

Importantly, the HAWB is distinct from the Master Air Waybill (MAWB), which is issued by the airline and covers the entire consolidated shipment. The HAWB is linked to the MAWB but pertains specifically to the individual shipments within the consolidated cargo. The use of HAWBs and MAWBs simplifies the documentation process for airfreight, particularly when dealing with multiple shipments from different shippers destined for the same location.

FAQs

Yes. The HAWB is a mandatory document for airfreight shipments. It serves as a contract of carriage between the shipper (freight forwarder) and the airline, providing essential information for the transportation and documentation of goods.

Yes. The HAWB is a vital document for customs clearance. It includes information about the shipper, consignee, cargo description, and other details necessary for customs authorities to assess and clear the individual shipment.

It depends. While some modifications may be possible, any changes to the HAWB should be coordinated with the issuing freight forwarder. Certain details, such as the shipper's and consignee's information, cargo description, and flight details, may have specific regulations and restrictions governing their modification.

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