An AWB is airway bill, also known as an air consignment note.

AWBs are receipts for goods issued by an international airline.

The main functions of AWBs are to serve as contracts of carriage, evidence of receipt of goods, freight bills, certificates of insurances, and customs declarations.

Airway bills are one of the most important documents issued by an airplane carrier or by a carrier agent.

This type of bill is non-negotiable and covers the transportion of cargo from one airport to another.

AWBs contain 11 digits which can be used to book shipments, check deliveries and pinpoint the current status of a piece of cargo.

A standard airway bill contains a unique eleven digit number, the carrier’s name, the head office mailing address, and the logo of carrier.

All airway bills end in a number below six and the notes come in sets of eight different colors.

The top copy of the AWB are called the “original” and is usually green.

Under the “original” is consignee’s note. This piece is usually pink. The next note is the shipper’s copy and is typically blue. Under the shipper’s note is a yellow copy- that is the delivery receipt, also known as the proof of purchase. The bottom three sheets are white.

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