AWB

(Airway bill)

The abbreviation AWB stands for "Airway Bill" and is a term used in international air traffic. It is the transport document issued by or on behalf of the freight forwarder. The AWB proves that the forwarder has received the delivery and is also valid as a contract between the shipper and the forwarder. The legal basis for the AWB is the so-called Warsaw Convention, to which almost all countries operating aviation have acceded.

The air waybill shall be issued in three copies. The air carrier receives a green version, the consignee the red version and the sender the blue version. In addition, further copies should be issued for customs and subsequent carriers.