Emirates expands pharma corridor network and opens purpose-built facility in Chicago

Emirates SkyCargo has boosted its pharma corridor network from 12 to 20 stations and launched a facility in Chicago dedicated to pharmaceutical shipments. The carrier’s pharma operations in Dubai have also been recertified as compliant with the EU’s Good Distribution Practice (GDP) requirements. The pharma corridor program was launched by Emirates in January 2018 and […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • June 7, 2019

Cargolux leases Thermosafe’s PharmaPort containers

Luxembourg-based Cargolux is bolstering its cold-chain capabilities in a new deal with temperature-controlled packaging company Thermosafe for use its PharmaPort container – an active bulk shipping container with data-collection enablement – across its international network. Cargolux is a prominent international carrier of pharmaceuticals and the first airline ever to obtain its Good Distribution Practice (GPD) […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 21, 2019

DB Schenker gains GDP cert at NRT

This week, Germany-based logistics company DB Schenker has received Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification at its Narita Airport (NRT) facility, near Tokyo, following the successful completion of an audit by SGS Japan, an international testing and certification company. The investment speaks to the growing pharmaceuticals market in Japan, which is the third largest in the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 20, 2019

Dnata earns GDP cert for cool-chain handling in Zürich

Dubai-based ground handler dnata has received the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification at its Zürich facility. The framework sets standards and best practices around the safe transportation of cool-chain products. Dnata said the process of gaining the certification involved making “significant enhancements to its quality systems, operations documentation and facilities management practices.” The company also […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 9, 2018

Panalpina gains GDP cert at Bogotá location

Today, the Bogotá branch of Panalpina has been certified by the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) program for the handling of medical products, following the completion a two-day audit from SGS, an international inspection and verification company. “We see great growth potential in this business area, considering that the growth rate of this industry in Colombia […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 27, 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

Virgin Atlantic Cargo gains pharma authorization at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic Cargo received a wholesale distribution authorization (WDA) from the United Kingdom’s government for the carrier’s global headquarters operations and its new “Pharma Zone” at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR). The WDA designation was developed by the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), alongside the European regulator for medicines, the European Medicines Agency […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 2, 2018

Dnata’s U.K. operations receive GDP certification

The U.K. arm of Dubai-based ground handler, dnata, joined industry members Panalpina Global Forwarding and Cargolux Airlines today in reception of the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification, which sets standards and best practices around the safe transportation of cool-chain products. Dnata UK CEO Gary Morgan said the company’s goal in pursuing the certification, awarded by […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 19, 2018

Panalpina embraces GDP certification for pharma handling

In the ongoing debate over the merits of Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification versus IATA’s CEIV-Pharma program, put Swiss forwarder Panalpina firmly in the pro-GDP corner. The Basel-based forwarder said today that 70 of its facilities are compliant with GDP standards, while 30 of its locations have the official GDP certification, adding that these numbers […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 20, 2018

Emirates SkyCargo’s pharma investments pay off in record volumes for 2017

Emirates SkyCargo wrapped up a year of record volumes and expansion, carrying 2.5 million tonnes of freight this year across its global network. The carrier’s president, Tim Clark, commented that despite challenging market conditions, the carrier had successfully implemented initiatives to boost revenues, trim costs, and used emerging technologies “to make our business and operations […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 29, 2017