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 […]

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 […]

Delta Cargo’s ‘Pharma 4’ program adds 8 new destinations

Atlanta-based Delta Cargo has added eight new destinations to its “Pharma 4” program for the shipment of products at room temperature, bringing Delta Cargo’s pharma network to a total of 49 locations worldwide. New locations in Delta Cargo’s Pharma 4 program include Bogota, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney, São Paolo, Frankfurt and Seoul. The carrier […]

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 […]

WFS secures CEIV certification for ground-handling in Brussels

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) received the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) CEIV-Pharma certification at its Brussels cargo station, marking the first of its European cargo stations to gain the certification. WFS estimates that its pharmaceutical handling in Brussels increased by 170 percent during 2016, and is on track to be even higher in 2017, with […]

Panalpina units to go live with Validaide supply chain platform in early 2018

Panalpina says that all of its remaining business units are scheduled to go live with the Validaide platform by the end of the first quarter of 2018. The airfreight shipment-focused tool qualifies suppliers and assesses transport route risks, and shares that data with producers of medicinal products so that they can assess the capabilities of […]

DHL Global Forwarding triples temperature-controlled facilities at Brussels Airport

DHL Global Forwarding Belgium has tripled the size of its temperature-controlled facilities at Brussels Airport, growing its existing GDP-licensed cool-chain area from 1,750 square meters to a total area of 5,300 square meters. “This extension confirms our ambition to remain a leading provider of logistics services to the life-science and healthcare industry,” DHL Global Forwarding […]

Hactl first handler in Hong Kong to obtain IATA CEIV-Pharma cert

The momentum for IATA’s global standard for pharmaceutical handling continued to grow this week as Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announced that it has met all IATA CEIV-Pharma certifications, making it the first handler in Hong Kong to obtain the certification. The process was sponsored by the Hong Kong Airport Authority, as part […]

Cargolux passes GDP renewal audit, others go it alone

Cargolux Airlines has once again passed its GDP (Good Distribution Practice) audit, validating its GDP certification. The company’s management system continues to meet the requirements of the E.U. directive, “Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use,” and of World Health Organization guidelines. As carriers look to pharma cargo for the next […]

Can modest Shenyang Airport live up to its lofty ambitions?

Hong Kong’s premier air cargo handler sees promising potential in northeastern China, not far from the border with North Korea. In September, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl) subsidiary Hactl Development Holdings signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Liaoning Airport Management Group, owner of Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, in what both parties described […]

Carriers, forwarders, shippers push for cool chain standardization

DUBAI – To ensure that there is “global consistency” in the way temperature-sensitive materials are handled, the cool chain industry needs to institutionalize best practices, through certifications – such as Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV-Pharma) and Good Distribution Practices (GDP) – and also through proper training, said panelists here yesterday […]

Emirates launches GDP-certified SkyPharma wing at DXB [VIDEO]

DUBAI – In an effort to capture a larger slice of the lucrative pharmaceutical market, Emirates SkyCargo inaugurated the SkyPharma wing of its new 11,000-square-meter extension at Dubai International Airport (DXB), suggesting that the carrier has long-term plans at the airport despite its recent move – and new facilities – to Dubai World Central (DWC) […]

IAG Cargo and Exelsius to hold GDP workshop in Dublin

IAG Cargo and Exelsius Consultancy have announced that the next Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Academy workshop will take place in Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 28-29, at the Radisson Blu hotel at Dublin Airport. The workshop focuses on the correct handling of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products, with an in-person visit to an airport. Participants will gain hands-on experience […]
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