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What is the meaning of MAWB?

MAWB stands for Master Air Waybill. The document is issued by a carrier to a freight forwarder upon receiving a shipment to be delivered to a named location as agreed in the shipping terms.

Generally, shipping process starts from a shipper who delivers goods to the forwarder. The forwarding company then passes the goods to the carrier company. On receipt of the goods from the shipper, the forwarder issues the HAWB - House Air Waybill. On the other side of the process, MAWB is issued by the carrier.