Air Cargo M/AWB Shipment Tracking

Track your airfreight shipment by airwaybill number. All information is pulled directly from airlines' websites and neatly displayed in unified interface on this page.

We use the first 3 digits to automatically send the AWB tracking request to the correct airline. Click "Track Cargo" to find the status of your air cargo.

What is Air waybill

An air waybill (AWB) or air consignment note is a receipt issued by an international airline for goods and an evidence of the contract of carriage, it is a document of title to the goods.

The air waybill is the most important document issued by a carrier either directly or through its authorized agent. It is a non-negotiable transport document that covers the transport of cargo from airport to airport. By accepting a shipment, an IATA cargo agent is acting on behalf of the carrier whose air waybill is issued.

Air waybills have eleven digit numbers (can have hyphen between airline code and waybill number, like 555-12345678) which can be used to make bookings, check the status of delivery, and a current position of the shipment.

International air waybills that contain consolidated cargo are called master air waybills (MAWB). MAWBs have additional papers called house air waybills (HAWB). Each HAWB contains information of each individual shipment (consignee, contents, etc.) within the consolidation. International AWBs that are not consolidated (only one shipment in one bill) are called simple AWBs. A house air waybill can also be created by a freight forwarder. When the shipment is booked, the airline issues a MAWB to the forwarder, who in turn issues their own house air waybill to the customer.

Air Waybill Number Format

The AWB number has 11 digits and 3 parts.

  • The first 3 digits are the Airline Prefix
  • The next 7 digits is the Serial Number of the AWB
  • The last digit is the Check digit

House and Master AWBs

A freight forwarder offering a consolidation service, will issue its own air waybill. From now on AWB will be used to refer to both. This is called a Forwarder's or House AWB with its equivalent House BL. These act as contracts of carriage between the shipper and the forwarder, who in this case becomes a Deemed Carrier. The forwarder in turn enters into contracts with one or more carriers, often using more than one mode of transportation. The contract of carriage between the forwarder and carrier is called a Master Air Waybill. A House Air Waybill (HAWB) could act as a multimodal transport document.

Air waybill tracking

I have integrated air cargo tracking for major airlines and constantly maintain and add support for air waybill tracking for other airlines. All information is neatly presented in common format, including complete information about statuses, flights, number of pieces, weight and nature of goods if provided by the airline.

Track Trace Air Cargo Shipment

For Air cargo tracking, enter air way bill number or code and track your air cargo shipments from worldwide carriers. Air cargo tracking feature is absolutely free of carge.

Monitor the progress of your Air shipment and receive up-to-date information as it travels throughout our Air Cargo Tracking System. Enter the airline prefix for Airlines along with the eight-digit air waybill number (example: 003-54321876), this is the number you received at the time of your booking. Then click the Track Cargo button to start your air cargo search.

AWB tracking

Just enter your 11 digit AWB number (with or without hyphen) into the cargo tracking form on top of this page and hit "Track Cargo" button.

British Airways

British Airways is handling air cargo as part of IAG Cargo - the cargo handling division of International Airlines Group (IAG), click here for British Airways Air Cargo tracking.

Virgin Atlantic

Want to see where your Virgin Atlantic shipment is? Just enter AWB number on top of this page Virgin Atlantic Air Cargo tracking.

Turkish Airlines

With an operational fleet of 20 cargo aircraft, the airline's cargo division serves 82 destinations. Turkish Airlines Air Cargo tracking.

Emirates SkyCargo

Emirates SkyCargo is a cargo airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Emirates SkyCargo tracking.

United Airlines

Track your United freight shipments at United Airlines Air Cargo tracking.

Ethihad Cargo

Etihad Airways is the second-largest airline in the United Arab Emirates (after Emirates). Ethihad Air Cargo tracking.

Southwest Cargo

Track your Southwest freight shipments at Southwest Airlines Cargo tracking.

Cargo Airlines

Cargo airlines (or airfreight carriers, and derivatives of these names) are airlines mainly dedicated to the transport of cargo by air. Some cargo airlines are divisions or subsidiaries of larger passenger airlines.

Air transport is a component of many international logistics networks, managing and controlling the flow of goods, energy, information and other resources like products, services, and people, from the source of production to the marketplace. Logistics involves the geographical repositioning of raw materials, work in process, and finished inventories

Airlines A-B | Airlines C-E | Airlines F-M | Airlines N-S | Airlines T-Z | TOP

ABSA Cargo Airline / LATAM Cargo Brasil M3 549
ABX Air GB 832
Adria Airways JP 165
Aegean Airlines A3 390
Aer Lingus Cargo EI 053 (alternate tracking site)
Aeroflot SU 507
Aeroflot SU 555 (alternate tracking site) (from/to Germany: Aeroflot Germany)
Aerolineas Argentinas AR 044 (alternate tracking site)
Aerosvit VV 870
Aeromexico Cargo AM 139 ( alternate tracking site )
AeroUnion 6R 873
Aigle Azur ZI 439
Air Algerie AH 124
Air Arabia G9 514
AirAsia D7 843
AirAsia Berhad AK 807
Air Astana KC 465
Air Atlanta Icelandic CC 318
Air Baltic BT 657
AirBridge Cargo RU 580
Air Canada AC 014
Air China CA 999
Air Europa Cargo UX 996
Air France AF 057 (Skyteam tracking)
Air Greenland GL 631
Air Hong Kong LD 288
Air Incheon KJ 994
Air India AI 098
Air Jamaica JM 201
Air Macau NX 675
Air Madagascar MD 258
Air Malawi QM 167
Air Malta KM 643
Air Mauritius MK 239 (alternate tracking site)
Airmax Cargo M8 658
Air Moldova 9U 572
Air Namibia SW 186
Air New Zealand NZ 086
Air Niugini PX 656
Air Serbia (JAT) JU 115
Air Seychelles HM 061
Air Tahiti Nui TN 244
Air Transat TS 649
Alaska Airlines AS 027 (alternate tracking site)
Alitalia AZ 055 (alternate tracking site)
Allied Air 4W 574
Aloha Air Cargo KH 687
American Airlines AA 001
Amerijet International M6 810
ANA All Nippon Cargo NH 205
Asiana Airlines OZ 988 (alternate tracking site)
ASL Airlines Belgium (formerly TNT) 3V 756
Astral Aviation 8V 485 (more tracking)
Atlas Air 369 5Y
AV Cargo Z3 757
Avianca Cargo AV 134
Azerbaijan Airlines J2 771
Azul Cargo AD 577
Bahamasair UP 111
Bangkok Airways PG 829
Belavia Belarusian Airlines B2 628
Biman Bangladesh BG 997
Bringer Air Cargo E6 417
British Airways BA 125
Brussels Airlines SN 082
Bulgaria Air FB 623


Airlines A-B | Airlines C-E | Airlines F-M | Airlines N-S | Airlines T-Z | TOP

CAL Cargo Air Lines 5C 700
Camair-Co QC 040
Canadian Airlines Int´l CP 018
Cargojet Airways W8 489
Cargologicair P3 560
Cargolux Airlines CV 172
Cargolux Italia C8 356
Caribbean Airlines BW 106 (alternate tracking site)
Cathay Pacific Airways CX 160
Cayman Airways KX 378
Cebu Air 5J 203
China Airlines CI 297
China Cargo Airlines CK 112 (alternate tracking site)
China Eastern Airlines MU 781
China Southern Airlines CZ 784 (alternate tracking site)
Cobaltair CO 354
Copa Airlines Cargo CM 230 (alternate tracking site)
Corsair SS 923
Coyne Airways 7C 575
Croatia Airlines OU 831
Cubana de Aviacion CU 136
Cyprus Airways CY 048
Czech Airlines OK 064 (alternate tracking site)
Delta Air Lines DL 006 (alternate tracking site)
DHL Aero Expreso 992 D5
DHL Aviation/DHL Airways ER 423
DHL Aviation / European Air Transport QY 615
Dragonair KA 043
Egyptair MS 077 (alternate tracking site)
EL AL LY 114
Emirates EK 176 (alternate tracking site)
Estafeta Carga Aerea E7 355
Estonian Air OV 960
Ethiopian Airlines ET 071
ETIHAD Airways EY 607
Eva Airways BR 695 (alternate tracking site)

Airlines A-B | Airlines C-E | Airlines F-M | Airlines N-S | Airlines T-Z | TOP

Far Eastern Air Transport 265 EF
FX 023
Finnair AY 105
flydubai cargo FZ 141
Gabon Airlines GY 013
Garuda Indonesia GA 126
Global Aviation and Services 5S 301
Gol Airlines (VRG Linhas Aéreas) G3 127
Gulf Air GF 072 (alternate tracking site)
Hainan Airlines HU 880
Hawaiian Airlines HA 173
Hong Kong Airlines N8 851
Hong Kong Express UO 128
Iberia IB 075 (alternate tracking site)
Icelandair FI 108 (alternate tracking site)
IndiGo CarGo 6E 312
Insel Air Cargo 7I 958
Iran Air IR 096
Japan Airlines JL 131
Jetairfly TB 754
Jet Airways 9W 589
Jet Airways Inc. (US) QJ 508
Jet Club 0J 254
Jetstar Asia Airways 3K 375
Jubba Airways 3J 535
Kalitta Air K4 272
Kenya Airways KQ 706
KLM Cargo KL 074 (Skyteam tracking)
Korean Air KE 180 (alternate tracking site)
Kuwait Airways KU 229
LACSA Airlines of Costa Rica LR 133
LAN Airlines (LATAM) LA 045
LAN Chile Cargo UC 145
LAN Ecuador XL 462
LATAM Airlines Brasil (more tracking) JJ 957
LATAM CARGO Colombia L7 985
Leaderjet 1A 790
LIAT Airlines LI 140
LOT Polish Airlines LO 080
Lufthansa Cargo AG LH 020
Mahan Airlines W5 537
Malaysian Airline System MH 232
Malindo Airways OD 816
Mandarin Airlines AE 803
Martinair Cargo MP 129
MASAir / LATAM Cargo Mexico M7 865
MCS Aerocarga de Mexico T8 137
Mercury Americas 4X 805
Middle East Airlines ME 076
MNG Airlines MB 716
Movie Reviews MR 711


Airlines A-B | Airlines C-E | Airlines F-M | Airlines N-S | Airlines T-Z | TOP

National Air Cargo N8 416 (multiple AWB tracking)
Niger Air Cargo NO 519
Nippon Cargo Airlines KZ 933
Northern Air Cargo NC 345
Norwegian Air Shuttle DY 328
Norwegian Air UK DI 762
Olympic Airways OA 050
Oman Air WY 910
Pakistan Int´l Airlines PK 214
Pegasus Cargo PC 624
Philippine Airlines PR 079
Polar Air Cargo PO 403
Qantas Airways QF 081
Qatar Airways QR 157
Raya Airways TH 539
Royal Air Maroc AT 147
Royal Brunei Airlines BI 672
Royal Jordanian RJ 512
RUS (Reliable Unique Services) Aviation R4 827
RwandAir WB 459
Ryan Air FR ???
SAC South American Airways S6 817
SAS-Scandinavian Airlines System SK 117
SATA Air Acores SP 737
SATA International S4 331
Saudi Arabian Airlines SV 065 (alternate tracking site)
Shandong Airlines SC 324
Shanghai Airlines FM 774
Shenzhen Airlines ZH 479 (Chinese)
Siberia Airlines 421 S7
Sichuan Airlines 3U 876
Silk Air 629 MI
Silk Way Airlines 463 ZP
Silk Way West Airlines 501 7L
Singapore Airlines SQ 618
Skygreece Airlines GW 358
Skylease Cargo KY 576
Sky West Airlines OO 302
Solar Cargo 4S 644
South African Airways SA 083
Southwest Airlines WN 526
SriLankan Cargo 603 UL
Starlight Airlines QP 321
Swiss LX 724
Syrian Arab Airlines RB 070

Airlines A-B | Airlines C-E | Airlines F-M | Airlines N-S | Airlines T-Z | TOP

TAAG-Angola Airlines DT 118
TAB Transportes Aereos Bolivianos B1 901
Tampa Airlines QT 729
TAP Air Portugal 047 TP
Tarom 281 RO
TATA SIA Airlines/Vistara Cargo UK 228
Thai Airways TG 217 (alternate tracking site)
TMA Trans Mediterranean Airways TL 370
TMA Trans Mediterranean Airways N2 673
TNT Airways (see ASL Airways Belgium) 3V 756
Trans American Airways/TACA Peru T0 530
Trans Mediterranean Airways TL 270
Tunisair TU 199 *
Turkish Airlines TK 235 (alternate tracking site)
Ukraine Int´l Airlines PS
Uni Airways B7 525
United Airlines Cargo UA 016
Uni-Top Airlines UW 699
UPS Air Cargo 5X 406
Ural Airlines Cargo U6 262
Uzbekistan Airways HY 250
VARIG RG 042/183
Vensecar Internacional V4 946
Vietnam Airlines VN 738
Virgin Atlantic VS 932
Westjet Cargo WS 838
WOW Air WW 377
XiamenAir MF 731 (Chinese)
XL Airways France SE 473
Yangtze River Express Airlines Y8 871
Yemenia Yemen Airways IY 635 (alternate tracking site)

Air Cargo Terms And Abbreviations

Below is a list of commonly used air cargo terms and abbreviations.

A2A Airport-to-airport
A2D Airport-to-door
ADV Advise, Advised, Advising
AEA Association of European Airlines (see the page “Interest Organisations” of this website also)
Airline Company operating aircraft between steady origin and destination airports
Airmail Mail travelling by air
Air Operator Company operating aircraft
Airport-to-airport Transport from an airport of origin to an airport of destination
Allotment Assigned volume on board of a flight / day
AOG Aircraft On Ground ; materials expedited for repair of a grounded aircraft
AP Airport
ARR Arrive, Arrived, Arrival
  ARR Also a C2K milestone: ARR = cargo and documents arrived at airport of destination
ATA Air Transport Association (see the page “Interest Organisations” of this website also)
ATA Actual Time of Arrival
ATD Actual Time of Departure
Authorisation The commission to a certain person or body to act on behalf of another person or body ; the person or body can be authorised e.g. to issue air waybills or to collect freight
AVI Live Animal(s)
AWB Air Waybill
Backlog Amount of goods still to be delivered or received and for which the planned or agreed date has expired
BAG Baggage
Belly Lower-deck cargo hold of an aircraft
BIG Outsized cargo
Blocked-space agreement A continuous reservation (allotment) for space at one or more flight / date combinations with an airline
Bonded Goods Goods on which the customs duty has not yet been paid, and which therefore, are under the control of customs; usually in a Bonded warehouse.
Bonded warehouse A depository for goods on which the customs duty has not been paid ; the warehouse proprietor must provide a bond (often in the form of a bank warranty or a mortgage) to the customs authorities as a security for any duties which may not be paid by the customer
Booking Request for reservation of space on a flight/day, (to be) confirmed by the airline
Break Bulk Agent A forwarder breaking the bulk: taking care of the unpacking and sorting of goods after the flight
Breakdown List List of shipments carried in one consolidation (see also: Consolidation Manifest)
Broker Person who acts as an agent or intermediary in negotiating contracts ; sometimes refers to a forwarder role
Bulk Cargo Loose cargo not loaded on an ULD
C2K Cargo 2000 (see the “Cargo 2000” page of this website)
Cargo Aircraft Aircraft built with the purpose of carrying nothing else than cargo
Cargo assembly The separate reception of parcels or packages and the holding of them for later dispatch as one consignment ; consolidator role
Cargo Disassembly The separation of one or more of the parcels or packages that are  part of a consignment for further distribution ; break bulk role
Carriage Transport ; the process of conveying cargo from one point to another
Carrier The party responsible for transport of goods from one point to another, this can be for example an airline or a forwarder (as a NVOCC)
CASS Cargo Accounts Settlement System
CAO Cargo Aircraft Only
CC Charges Collect ; pay at moment of collection of the goods
CCS Cargo Community System ; information system integrating the communication between air cargo parties at an airport
Certificate of Origin A certificate proving the country of original production of goods ; used for customs declaration purposes
Charges collect Charges as stated on the air waybill to be collected from the consignee
Charges prepaid Charges as stated on the air waybill to be collected from the shipper
Claim A written complaint about the execution of a contract of transportation by a carrier, combined with a demand for financial compensation
Classifying Assigning the right import classification number to goods as part of the customs declaration process
CLR Clear
CNEE Consignee
COLL Collect, Collected, Collecting
COMAT Company Material (non revenue cargo)
Combi Combi Aircraft, combining transport of passengers and cargo on the main-deck
Commodity Indication of the type of goods ; commodities are coded according to the harmonised system
Commodity code Code used in the Harmonised System for the classification of goods, which are most commonly produced and traded
Complaint An official statement from a customer to a carrier about his unhappiness with the service or operation of the service provider
Consignee The person or company that is physically and administratively responsible for accepting the goods at final delivery
Consolidation A collection of shipments belonging to different shippers travelling to one destination or area to be distributed to several consignees
Consolidation Manifest List of shipments carried in one consolidation
Consolidation Rates Rates as given by a consolidator / forwarder
Consolidator A forwarder consolidating shipments before a flight ; these shipments belonging to different shippers and travelling to one destination or area in order to be distributed to several consignees after the flight
Courier Company that carries envelopes and parcels up to 75 kg from door to door ; air transport is generally outsourced to airlines
Courier Rates Rates as given by a courier
CPTY Capacity
CRN Customs Release Note
Customs Agent/Broker (Certified) Party certified to handle the customs clearance on account of importers / exporters
Customs invoice (Pro forma) Invoice for import declaration (customs and statistics) purposes, stating the commercial price, added with the costs for freight, insurance and packing etc., terms of delivery and payment
Customs value Value of goods to be imported for import declaration (customs and statistics) purposes
D2A Door-to-airport
D2D Door-to-door
Dangerous Goods Goods that can be hazardous for health, flight-safety or materials
DAP A C2K key performance indicator: DAP = Delivered As Promised (NFD in full and on time statuses are achieved)
DEP A C2K milestone: DEP = cargo and documents departed at airport of origin
DEPT Department
DG Dangerous Goods
DGR Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA)
Dimensional Weight (Conversion) Concept adopted by the transportation industry worldwide as a uniform means of establishing a minimum charge for the cubic space a package occupies ; the volume is converted into a (higher) weight / price class
DIMS Dimensions
DIP Diplomatic mail
DLV Deliver, Delivered, Delivering
DLV Also a C2K milestone: DLV = cargo and documents delivered to customer (forwarder)
DOCS Document(s), Documentation
Domestic transport Transport within a country
Door-to-door Transport from an initial shipper’s house address to a final consignee’s house address
Duty Tax imposed on goods imported from another country
EDI Electronic Data Interchange
EDIFACT Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport ; a specific EDI protocol
e-Freight Electronic freight documents project from IATA ; e-Freight aims to take the paper out of the air cargo supply chain and -processes and replace it with cheaper, more accurate and more reliable electronic messaging ; facilitated by IATA, the project is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities
Electronic Data Interchange The interchange of electronic data, structured following an agreed protocol, between the automated information system of different parties
Embargo An embargo on a certain kind of goods means these goods will not be transported by the airline, often for flight-safety reasons
Equipment Materials needed to handle or transport goods
ESC European Shippers’ Council (see the page “Interest Organisations” of this website also)
ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
ETD Estimated Time of Departure
Expediting Forwarding goods (in less than the normal lead time)
Expeditor Forwarder
FAK Freight All Kinds
FAK-Rates Rates for Freight All Kinds
FAP A C2K key performance indicator: FAP = Flown As Planned (the complete shipment has flown at or before the last planned flight with a maximum 12 hour delay)
FCL Full Container Load
FDCA Found Cargo
FFM Freight Forwarding Message (electronic)
FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (see the page “Interest Organisations” of this website also)
FLT Flight
Forwarder Company specialized in providing door-to-airport transport, arranging connecting air transport and/or airport-to-door transport for parcels and consolidations > 75 kg or up to anything that fits in an aircraft ; the air transport is generally outsourced to airlines and sometimes aircraft operators or air charter companies
Forwarder network A network existing of different smaller to medium sized forwarding companies all over the world working together
Freighter Aircraft built with the purpose of carrying nothing else than cargo
FSU Freight Status Update
Fuel Surcharge Surcharge added to the cargo rate to cover the additional costs of increasing fuel-prices ; these will generally follow a certain index
Full charter Chartering the full available volume of an aircraft or flight/day
Full Container Load Container fully loaded, generally with goods belonging to one party
Full freighter Aircraft built with the purpose of carrying nothing else than cargo
FWB Electronic air waybill message
FWB Also a C2K milestone: FWB = the shipment is booked at the airline, next an electronic air waybill is generated by agent (forwarder) ; this creates the so-called route map in C2K in which all the steps are followed
FYI For Your Information
General Cargo Rates Rates for all different kinds of cargo, not falling into a specific handling and/or rate category
GSA General Sales Agent
GSF Global Shippers Forum (see the page “Interest Organisations” of this website also)
Handling Agent Agent handling the ramp and/or warehouse cargo operation for an airline
Harmonised System A numeric multi purpose system for the classification of goods with its six digits covering about 5000 descriptions of the products or groups of products most commonly produced and traded, designed for customs purposes, but can also be used for statistics, transport purposes, export, import and manufacturing; the international convention on the HS was established under auspices of the World Customs Organisation in 1983
Haulage Inland transport of cargo
Haulier Road carrier
HEA Heavy Cargo
HAWB House Air Waybill
House Air Waybill The shipment contract between the end-customer and the forwarder (see the page “Forwarding Out” of this website for further purposes and explanation)
Hub Central point in a transport system or network
HUM Human remains
HWB House Waybill
IATA International Air Transport Association (see the page “Interest Organisations” of this website also)
IATA-Agent An IATA certified agent
ICAL Inbound Cargo Action List
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organisation (see the page “Interest Organisations” of this website also)
ICE Dry Ice Shipment
IN Inches
Inco terms Internationally agreed set of standard delivery terms
Integrator Carrier integrating different modes of transport to form a door-to-door transport or supply chain ; this term mostly refers to the large international express companies who’s core business is to carry envelopes and parcels up to 75 kg, often overnight or even same day
Intermodal Transport The movement of cargo in a supply chain by more than one mode of transport ; for example road/air or sea/air transport
INV Invoice
ISA If Space Available
KG Kilos
L/C Letter of Credit
LCL Less than Container Load
Less than Container Load Container partly filled with goods from one party, or an amount of goods that is not sufficient to fill one container and will therefore likely be consolidated
LHO Living Human Organs / Blood
License, import/export Governmental permit to import / export certain goods under certain conditions
Line item Order line, each line on a packing list or invoice to be declared for customs
Load factor The extent to which the aircraft (weight-, volume-, ULD-) capacity is efficiently utilized (to generate profit)
LOC Location
Loose cargo/shipments Cargo / shipments not loaded on an ULD
Lower Deck The (cargo) deck below the main deck or upper deck of an aircraft
LT Local Time
Main deck Upper deck ; the (cargo) deck above  the lower deck of an aircraft
Manifest, flight Document listing the air waybills and a specification of the related goods carried on a flight
Master Air Waybill The shipment contract between the forwarder and the airline (see the page “Forwarding Out” of this website for further purposes and explanation)
MAWB Master Air Waybill
MFST Manifest
Minimum Rate Rate to cover the basic costs of carrying a shipment
MSG Message(s)
Network Forwarder A large forwarding company with worldwide branches
NFD A C2K milestone: NFD = cargo and documents ready for pick-up at airline (handler), the customer (forwarder) is notified
NND Notice of Non Delivery
NON-IATA Airline or agent that is not a member of IATA
Nose loading Loading cargo through the cargo door in the nose of an aircraft
Notify address Address of a party other than the consignee to be notified of arrival of the goods
Notify party Party other than the consignee to be notified of arrival of the goods
NOTOC Notification To Captain ; list for the captain of the aircraft with goods carried on board
N-Rates Rates for shipments with weights up to 45 kg
NVOCC Non Vessel Operating/Owning Cargo Carrier ; in case of Air Cargo a Carrier (e.g. a Forwarder or Consolidator) who issues Air Waybills for the carriage of cargo on aircraft which he does not  operate or own
OAG Official Airlines Guide
OB On Board
Oversized Cargo Cargo that exceeds the dimensions of an ULD
Package Packed piece of cargo
Packing list A list for customs declaration and consignment purposes stating number and kinds of packages being shipped, totals of gross, legal, and net weights of the packages, marks and numbers on the packages, contents and part-/serialnumbers
Pallet A (standardized) platform on which goods can be stacked for transport or warehouse handling purposes
Pallet, aircraft A (standardized) platform on which goods can be stacked for air transport purposes
Pallet net A net used to secure the cargo on the aircraft pallet
Parcel Package
Part charter Chartering of a part of the available volume on an aircraft or flight/day
Part shipment Part of a shipment that travels on a different flight and/or day than the rest of the shipment due to available capacity with the airline
PAX Passenger(s)
Payload The (cargo) load that can be carried by an aircraft (to generate revenue)
PC Piece(s)
PER Perishable Cargo
PFI Pro Forma Invoice
POA Proof Of Acceptance ; legal proof a shipment has been accepted by a party
POD Proof Of Delivery ; legal proof a shipment has been delivered by a party
POD Place Of Delivery
PP Charges Prepaid
PPD Prepaid
Pre-alert Message stating the current and or expected status of the goods
Principal The customer ordering the transport or related services
PSH Part Shipment
QNTY Quantity
Q-Rates Rates with a quantity discount
RCF A C2K milestone: RCF = cargo has arrived in the cargo bay at final destination ; cargo and airwaybill are administratively received in the system
RCPT Receipt, Reception
RCS A C2K milestone: RCS = cargo and documents are received ‘Ready For Carriage’ and accepted by airline (handler)
Ready For Carriage (By Air) The goods are correctly packed and labeled, and customs cleared, with the right documents attached
Ready For Transport (By Road) The goods are correctly packed and labeled, with the right documents attached
RFC Ready For Carriage
RFT Ready For Transport
Routing The path that is (to be) followed by the goods from shipper to consignee
RUSHR Rush Reply
SASPO As Soon As Possible
SAWB Substitute Air Waybill
Security Surcharge Surcharge added to the cargo rate to cover the additional costs of the increasing number of security checks and related administration that are legally required by the authorities
Shipper The person or company that is physically and administratively responsible for shipping the goods ; for an airline in most cases a forwarder will be the shipper, for a forwarder the shipper is a third party, for example a trading company, a manufacturer, etc.
Shipper’s Letter of Instruction Document issued by the shipper to instruct and authorize the forwarder to forward and declare goods on his behalf ; contains all shipment details needed to facilitate these services
SHPMNT Shipment
Side loading Loading cargo through a cargo door in the side of an aircraft
Skid Pallet
S/L Short Loaded
SLI Shipper’s Letter of Instruction
SSPD Short Shipped ; stayed behind
TACT The Air Cargo Tariff ; publication of official airline tariffs
TBA Time Before Arrival
TBD Time Before Departure
TEMP Temperature
TIACA The International Air Cargo Association (see the page “Interest Organisations” of this website also)
TILNA Tilting Not Allowed
TILTA Tilting Allowed
Time Slot The agreed time to collect or deliver goods
Tonne Kilometer One tonne (1000 kg or 2204.6 lb) metric flown one kilometer ; productivity indicator
TRA Transit
Tracing Retrieving (information on) the status of goods and documents
Tracking Regular checking on the status of goods and documents
Track & Trace Automated regular retrieval of (information on) the status of goods and documents and checking these against the agreed norms
Transfer cargo Transfer of cargo from one flight to another
Transito / Transit cargo Transfer of cargo from one flight to another
TRM Transfer Manifest
TTL Total
ULD Unit Load Device
ULD, contoured Unit Load Device shaped to exactly fit in an aircraft
UNACC Unaccompanied
Unit Load Device Standardized air cargo loading equipment (pallet, container)
Upper deck Main deck ; the (cargo) deck above  the lower deck of an aircraft
VAL Valuable cargo
VAT Value Added Tax
VOL Volume
Volume charge Air transport charge based on the volume of goods instead of the actual weight (see “Dimensional Weight” and “Weight charge” also)
VUN Vulnerable cargo
Weight charge Air transport charge based on the actual weight of the goods (see “Dimensional Weight” and “Volume charge” also)
Weight & Balance Management of the weight and allocation of cargo, passengers and fuel for a flight
W/H Warehouse
XPS Priority Small Package
XS In Excess
Yield management The process of maximising the contribution (revenue) of the (transport & handling) network, equipment, infrastructure and resources

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