Meeting Advanced Air Manifest Requirements in the Middle East

Global security filing requirements are increasing as additional countries on-board with the World Customs Organization (WCO) Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade (SAFE Framework). Reflecting the trend to provide electronic manifest data prior to arrival, the Abu Dhabi Customs Administration (ADCA) is calling for the transmission of digital air manifest data. Developed to increase security and safeguard trade, the customs authority must receive advance information for air cargo destined for Abu Dhabi or with a stop that lands in the location.

In order to enable compliance, the Descartes Abu Dhabi Air Advance Electronic Information™ (Descartes Abu Dhabi Air AEI™) solution provides streamlined communication to and from the Abu Dhabi Customs Authority. With the Descartes Abu Dhabi Air AEI solution in place, air carriers and freight forwarders are better equipped to submit the required data in the right format in the correct timeframes.

Similar to other advance manifest requirements worldwide, the Abu Dhabi Customs Authority has specified that filers must supply the necessary information before a given cut-off point in order to ensure compliance. The requirements specify that:

  • For flights greater than 4 hours, filers are required to submit a transmission 4 hours before landing at an airport in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
  • For flights less than 4 hours, filers are required to submit a transmission at the time of departure from the last foreign airport

Abu Dhabi Customs Authority security filing timeframes for air shipments

Potential Benefits

With Descartes Abu Dhabi Air AEI solution, air carriers and forwarders can:

  • Minimize errors, reduce delays and possible penalties
  • Globally connect with a Service as a Software (SaaS) service offering
  • Leverage the Descartes Global Logistics Network™ (Descartes GLN™) to distribute customs messages and status details to supply chain partners
  • Maximize workflow through seamless connectivity


  • Advanced Search & Query Functionality. Intuitive search functionality speeds customer service and mirrors the same basic fields commonly found in trade documentation, including Airway Bills (AWBs), origin airport and more.
  • Information Security. The Descartes GLN is designed to process and transmit information using leading commercially-available security technologies.