Temperature-controlled products heat up air cargo demand

With news of July being the hottest on record, it seemed fitting that we take a look at temperature-controlled air cargo. Indeed, a number of freight forwarders noted in recent earnings reports that temperature-controlled volumes were a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing first half of the year for air cargo. However, while temperature-controlled products […]
  • Cathy Roberson
  • August 20, 2019

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

Panalpina earns GDP cert at Singapore facility

Swiss forwarder Panalpina has gained the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification for the proper handling of pharmaceutical products at its facility in Singapore. With the GDP certification, which was issued by the Singapore Health Science Authority (HSA), Panalpina can “store, handle and distribute medicines in the local market” and “ship them abroad on behalf of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 15, 2018

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

Virgin Atlantic Cargo volumes up 3 percent in first half of 2018

Virgin Atlantic Cargo reported a 3 percent year-over-year increase in cargo volumes during the first half of 2018, to 116,300 tonnes. Some highlights that contributed to the growth in volumes include the opening of its Pharma Zone at London Heathrow (LHR) during the fourth quarter of 2017 and confirmation of the airline’s Good Distribution Practice […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 27, 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

Uncertain Certification: Do CEIV-Pharma standards really help?

At an airfreight conference held last fall in Budapest, Marcel Fujike, senior vice president of products and services, global air logistics, for Kuehne + Nagel, commented during a post-roundtable Q&A session about the effectiveness of the growing CEIV standard for pharmaceutical handling. At one point, he remarked, “If we really want to move the industry […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 2, 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

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
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