International Air Transport Association (IATA) has issued a Standard revising the air waybill Conditions of Contract located on the air waybill form, effective March 17, 2008. If you need additional information on the changes issued in the Standard, or are in need of a downloadable version of the revised Conditions of Contract (Resolution 600b), you may obtain these items by visiting the IATA website

The following explains the required information on each MAWB completed by the customer and/or UPS, domestic or international. Information entered on an International MAWB is required to be typed or computer-printed. The customer may supply additional information, however UPS requires the information covered below. For further information regarding the Air Waybill form, simply click a circled number to link to field descriptions.
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Field Descriptions of MAWB
The following information is required on all Master Air Waybills (MAWB).
NOTE: Refer to MAWB example.

Section Completed By Description
1 Customer Shipper's name and address.
2 Customer Consignee's name and address.
3 Customer The three letter code of the origin airport. This is the origin airport code whether the freight trucks or flies.
4 Customer The three letter code of the destination airport.
5 Customer Declared Value for Carriage Option
6 Customer Shipment Value for Customs purposes. If no value is shown in block 5, the appropriate SED exception wording is required.
7 UPS/CFS or
Handling Information - to contain any special instructions or notes regarding freight, dims, ULD numbers, and individual position weight.
8 Customer Number of Pieces.
9 Customer Gross weight.
NOTE: This does not include tare weight of aircraft pallets and/or containers, however it does include the weight of wooden skids.
10 Customer Kilograms (kg) or Pounds (lbs).
11 Customer Chargeable weight. The actual weight or the dimensional weight, whichever is greater.
12 Customer Rate/Charge - International MAWB only.
13 Customer Total - International MAWB only.
14 Customer Nature and quantity of goods, the description of cargo. This may include dimensions or volume.

NOTE: Using the term "Consolidation" or like terms is not an acceptable description of goods. Description must be specific.
15 Customer Signature of shipper or agent.
16 UPS/CFS Date of signing
17 UPS/CFS Time of signing.
18 UPS/CFS Place of signing - three letter code of the gateway.

NOTE: Refer to MAWB example in Air Cargo Forms Section.
19 UPS/CFS Signature of issuing carrier or its agent refers to:
  • UPS representative OR
  • CFS employee
NOTE: Clarify all signatures.
20-23 Customer Consignee Signatures
NOTE: 20, 21, 22 and 23 are to be completed at the destination gateway or CFS by the consignee or their agent. If the destination gateway has a CFS, the destination gateway maintains an unsigned copy of the MAWB (#5 or #6) along with a signed, Register of Air Freight Shipments/AC-12, or work order on file.
24 Customer Indicate Service Type if Perishable, Priority, or RFS.

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