The way of handling freight as Air Cargo is standardized. The label on the parcels has to comply with the IATA standard. All Air Lines in the world (approximately 230) use this standard.
International IATA Label
The international AWB barcode contains following information:
- 3 digits: Air code (Representing: SAS, KLM, LH, BA, etc.)
- 8 digits: Air-waybill Consignment no.
- 5 digits: Parcel item no.
On each label in the Consignment is printed the total number of parcels in the consignment.
When scanning an AWB code, which has not been scanned before, the system will ask for the total number of coli in the AWB consignment. After entering this number, the system creates a list for this AWB. Each time a parcel is scanned, on any Freight Volume System, with this AWB no. the list will be updated with the registration.
When all parcels are registered, the system will close the consignment and send an e-mail to the Flight Company, signalling that the whole consignment is ready for dispatch.