Carriers add charters for Valentine’s Day flower demand surge

It’s T-minus 3 days until Valentine’s Day, and the international logistics industry is gearing up for the seasonal spike in demand for the perishable currency of the Hallmark holiday. You guessed it – flowers. Many carriers working within networks that encompass major exporting regions of roses and tropical buds – e.g. East Africa and South […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 11, 2019

Following the Pack: Reassessing often-overlooked cool-chain packaging

On Dec. 13, Southwest Airlines flight 3606 was 35,000 feet above Idaho en route from Seattle to Dallas when the captain announced to passengers that the plane was turning around and heading back to SeaTac – a measure that is only taken in the most critical of circumstances. In fact, the incident made headlines on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 6, 2019

LATAM Cargo’s GRU cool-chain facility to open by 2019 peak season

Santiago-based LATAM Cargo is currently working on the construction of a cool-chain facility at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in Brazil that the carrier says will be ready in time for peak season 2019. Almost half of LATAM Cargo’s volumes are perishable commodities – such as salmon, asparagus and flowers – and, currently, 14 percent […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 30, 2019

DHL Express launches Latin America–U.S. cold-chain pipeline

DHL Express has launched a service for healthcare industry shippers operating along the Latin America- U.S. trade lane called “DHL Medical Express Service” or “WMX,” which it describes as “a new market alternative to the commercial carriers that have historically served the region,” with the goal of addressing delays at Brazilian airports. The offering will […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 30, 2019

Pelican BioThermal launches LAX facility for Crēdo on Demand program

Temperature-controlled packaging company Pelican BioThermal has added a Los Angeles facility to its network of packaging repair stations for its Crēdo on Demand line of reusable, rentable containers. The business model allows shippers to rent and drop-off the resuable containers within the company’s service grid, without having to outright purchase the containers. So far, Pelican’s […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 29, 2019

Pelican BioThermal opens Frankfurt facility

Minnesota-based, temperature-controlled packing company Pelican BioThermal has opened a new facility in Frankfurt, expanding the service network of its “Crēdo on Demand” program, which offers its reusable parcel shipping containers to shippers on a rental basis. The new location will be in close proximity to Frankfurt Airport (FRA), making the company’s line of temperature-controlled packaging […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 14, 2018

Swiss WorldCargo obtains CEIV-Pharma certification

Zurich-based carrier Swiss WorldCargo, the air cargo division of Swiss International Airlines, has gained its CEIV-Pharma certification this week, assuring that all segments of its supply chain network, operating in more than 84 countries, meet the strict temperature-control standards set by IATA. The carrier, while small, has carved out a niche in the sector of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 24, 2018

United Cargo leases cool-chain containers from ThermoSafe

Cool-chain container company ThermoSafe, subsidiary of Sonoco, has gained United Cargo’s business for the leasing of the “PharmaPort 360,” a temperature-controlled bulk shipping container designed for the movement of pharmaceutical products – enabling United Cargo’s clients to lease the containers directly from the airline. The smart containers hold a +5°C temperature setting for long periods, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 24, 2018

Panalpina expands certification for European perishables network

Panalpina Adelantex, the Belgian branch of the logistics giant’s perishables network, has received its certification from Certisys to handle organic produce. The Swiss forwarder already holds certifications from the organization for its Brussels, Liège, Luxembourg and London operations. Its Amsterdam and Kelsterbach operations are certified by SKAL and IFS Food Standard, respectively. Panalpina says the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 11, 2018

MNX Logistics to build a cool-chain pharma facility at JFK

Long Beach-based MNX Global Logistics has opened a 14,000-square-foot “healthcare and life sciences” logistics facility near New York’s JFK International Airport for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical cargo, in compliance with the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) standards for the safe transportation of cool-chain products. The company’s CEO, Paul Martins, cites a heightened demand for biologics, cold-chain and medical […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 21, 2018

Australian, Norwegian marine companies partner in IoT to transport live fish

A new partnership between marine transportation companies, Australian FloatPac and Norwegian LipFish AS, may be an example of an application of the internet of things (IoT) that could catch on in the airfreight industry. LipFish AS said it has “worked closely” with FishPac – the oxygen-transport-systems-specific arm of the Australian aquaculture company – to develop […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 20, 2018

Air France-KLM invests in CSafe’s new cool-chain containers

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has acquired the services of cool-chain container manufacturer CSafe Global to utilize its CSafe RAP active-temperature-controlled containers, specially designed for pharmaceutical transportation. The RAP container – equipped with a compressor-driven cooling and heating system – was approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in January. Designed to keep shipments […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 31, 2018

MAB Kargo pursues CEIV-Pharma certification

Yesterday, another cargo carrier jumped on the pharmaceutical certification bandwagon – Malaysian carrier MAB Kargo, a subsidiary of MASkargo, which is pursuing the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) CEIV-Pharma certification. As the demand for the transportation of pharma products has increased in recent years, so have the standards surrounding the careful handling of the temperature-sensitive […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 24, 2018

AirBridgeCargo, PACTL sign MOU to cooperate with pharma customers in China

To capture some of the growing pharmaceutical air cargo business in China, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd (PACTL) today signed a “memorandum of understanding” (MOU) to  cooperate on providing handling services for time- and temperature-sensitive shipments, such as pharma cargo. Under the MOU, both parties agreed to “develop, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 16, 2018
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