Qatar Airways has signed a multilateral e-Air Waybill (e-AWB) agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which provides a legal framework for parties to conclude cargo contracts electronically. Qatar will be able to accept e-AWB from all participating freight forwarders. “Benefits of electronic airway bills include: reduced costs; higher productivity; better reliability; and enhanced regulatory compliance,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. He added: “Most importantly it paves the way toward a paper-free e-freight system”. Qatar has appointed Cargo Community Network – Singapore as its cargo community system services (CCS) partner, in order to facilitate electronic data exchange with freighter forwarders.