Customs, Import-Export, Indirect Taxes

Difference between AWB and HAWB- Air Waybill and House Airway Bill

Difference between AWB and HAWB- Air Waybill and House Airway Bill

What is the Airway bill and how does airway bill work?

Airway bill is issued by air carrier of goods on receipt of goods after completion of export customs formalities of the country. Shipper obtains airway bill once after handing over cargo to them. Since the cargo reaches by air and transit time is too less compared to sea shipment, a set of airway bill is sent along with the cargo for immediate reference on transit and for import customs clearance at destination port by importer. Once after completion of customs formalities at load port customs location, cargo transfer manifest (CTM) issued by IATA agent along with airway bill and other required documents for transport submits to air carriers. Original airway bills are issued in quintuplicate which is meant for carrier, importer, shipper and additional copies. Once after arrival of cargo at destination, the importer or his cargo agent approaches the destination office of air carrier and collect airway bill and other required documents sent by shipper along with cargo for necessary documentation for import customs clearance procedures and other references. Importer may also collect copies of documents by courier or mail from shipper before arrival of goods. The shipper also can arrange to send airway bill and other documents through his bank to meet LC requirements or he desires. The major difference between bill of lading and Airway bill is that, Airway bill is not a document of title. However, airway bill can be prepared in such a way to treat as document of title and negotiable document.
What is HAWB and how House airway bill works?

When a shipper books cargo with a freight forwarder by air, he issues a document of receipt of goods from shipper which is called House airway Bill. In turn, the freight forwarder books same cargo with main airline carrier and he obtains MAWB under the said shipment.

I hope, you are clear about Airway bill and House airway bill. Let me conclude as below:

Airway bill is a document, which is a proof of receipt of goods from shipper issued by air carrier. If a freight forwarder or consolidator involved in a shipment, such forwarder issues a document of receipt of goods to the final shipper which is called House airway bill (HAWB). In turn, said freight forwarder delivers goods to main air carrier and receives a Master airway bill (MAWB).

All house airway bills are airway bills, but all airway bills need not be house airway bills.

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