Air Waybill

Air Waybill, or AWB, is a type of bill of lading that serves as both a receipt of goods by an airline (carrier) and a contract of carriage between the shipper and the carrier. It includes conditions of carriage that define (among other terms and conditions) the carrier's limits of liability and claims procedures, a description of the goods, and applicable charges. The airline industry has adopted a standard format for AWB which is used throughout the world for both domestic and international traffic. Unlike a bill of lading, an AWB is a non-negotiable instrument, and does not specify on which flight the shipment will be sent, or when it will reach its destination.