A waybill code is a series of numbers used in identifying a particular material or article for shipping or transportation. It carries not only series of numbers but also identifies with the material or article to be shipped or cargoed. This include, for modern cargo services, a scanned image of the article, the nature of the article, the weight of article, the height of the article, the name of the sender, the name and detailed particulars of the expected collector and the destination for which the article is supposed to arrive.
Without the waybill codes, cargo services wouldn’t be made possible and so many articles will be lost on transit. Most modern cargo services run an integrated cargo database system, where all waybill codes are fed into the system and posted to their various destinations before the articles arrive, and from that database, the articles will be sorted, processed, tagged and fully documented. This makes cargo services more secured and easier to run.
Examples of waybill code formats like: ABJ00045231, (for parcels shipped from Abuja), IM00763423,(for parcels shipped from Imo state), AB00875687, (for parcels shipped from Abia state). Notice that the destination points are abbreviation and written either in front or at the back of the numbers. The digits of the numbers may be up to seven or more depending.