What is a MAWB or Master Air Waybill
The Master Air Waybill is usually issued by the carrier of the cargo. This document acts as a form of proof that the cargo has been received from the shipper. The MAWB can also represent a contract that the carrier has undertaken that obligates him/her to deliver the cargo to a specified location.
What is a HAWB of House Air Waybill
A HAWB is issued by the freight forwarder as a proof of receipt for cargo and it also represents a contract for carriage.
Both the HAWB and MAWB are transport documents. However both are not documents of title and are non-negotiable.
How do House and Master Air Waybills?
When a freight forwarder accepts cargo, it has the obligation to safely transport the cargo to the specified destination. When the carrier receives the physical cargo, it will issue a MAWB to the party contracting for carriage. In other words, the freight forwarder will issue a HAWB to the party contracting for carriage while the carrier (airline) will issue a MAWB to the freight forwarder that booked cargo space.
Difference between House and Master Air Waybills?
- MAWB is issued and signed by the carrier, while the HAWB is issued and signed by the freight forwarder
- MAWB is covered by all IATA rules while the HAWB might not be
- MAWB states the full terms of contract for carriage with main carrier while HAWB might not
- MAWB will be trackable on the carrier’s website but the HAWB might not
Air Waybills are a form of Bills of Lading. However, the term Bill of Lading usually refers to a B/L for ocean or maritime transport and should not be confused with an Air Waybill.
Air Waybills contain the following information:
- Shipper’s name
- Shipper’s address
- Consignee’s name
- Consignee’s address,
- Origin airport code
- Destination airport code
- Shipment value for Customs
- Description of the cargo
- Number of pieces
- Gross weight
- Special instructions
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