We recommend that a detailed consolidation manifest accompany each consolidation. This will prevent the need for us to open your document pouch to determine House Air Waybill (HAWB) information. This manifest should include full shipper, consignee and HAWB information, as well as pieces, weight and a complete description of the commodity being shipped.
The International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations (FIATA) will develop a manifest that can be used for this purpose. Once completed, a copy of this example will be made available.
To locate any anomalies in the cargo, CBP regulations require a precise narrative description of the commodities being shipped so that the shapes, physical characteristics and likely packaging of the manifested cargo can be identified. Find examples of these descriptions at www.cbp.gov.
For consolidated shipments, this description should be contained in the consolidation manifest. For simple shipments, where there is no associated House Air Waybill, this description should be contained in the Nature and Quantity of Goods box on the Master Air Waybill.
Please note that the following descriptions will no longer be allowed: FAK (Freight All Kinds), General Cargo, STC (Said To Contain where it pertains to a description of the goods being shipped), Consol within Consol, or Co-Load.
Consolidation vs. Simple Shipment
For the purposes of CBP compliance, a consolidation is any shipment where a House Air Waybill (HAWB) is associated with a Master Air Waybill (MAWB). A "simple shipment" is one where the shipper and consignee stated on the source document are the ultimate shipper and consignee involved with the shipment.
Simple shipments should also have any internal piece counts (also know as Shipper Load and Count or SLAC) expressed on the source document in the Nature and Quantity of Goods box. For example, if a shipment consists of 2 skids, each containing 25 pieces, "2" would be entered in the No. of Pieces box, while the Nature and Quantity of Goods box would show "SLAC - 50 pieces." The number of pieces loaded into Customer Loaded Containers (CLCs) should also be shown in a similar manner, using the term "Said to Contain." If a CLC containing 150 pieces is tendered, the air waybill would have "1" entered in No. of Pieces, with "Said to Contain 150 pieces" shown in the Nature and Quantity of Goods box.
Consolidated shipments should follow the guidelines listed in the Master Air Waybill Completion section.