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

Panalpina releases positive first-half 2018 results

Swiss forwarder Panalpina reported a first-half net profit of US$36.1 million, up 20.1 percent over 1H17. Gross profit (what some forwarders call net revenue) was up 10.6 percent for the half to $744.4 million, while operating profit (EBIT) jumped 30.2 percent to $54.7 million. This strong performance comes after a long period during which Panalpina […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 17, 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

Panalpina opens logistics center in Singapore

Yesterday, Swiss forwarder Panalpina opened a six-floor, 25,800-square-meter air- and oceanfreight logistics center in Singapore, targeting demand for its services from clients in the energy, healthcare, technology, manufacturing and fashion industries operating through the tiny nation. In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Panalpina CEO Stefan Karlen said, “more than one-third of the space is […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 10, 2018

Changes in Latitude: Latin America’s economy reverses years of cargo stagnation

Ten pallets of papayas are sitting in an industrial-sized refrigerator in one of the cool-chain facilities at Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG), awaiting the green light from customs to be loaded onto the belly of a Los Angeles-bound widebody. Upon arrival in LAX, the prized fruits will be offloaded and transferred to another aircraft, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 5, 2018

Panalpina launches ‘digital hub’ technology arm in Zurich

This week, Swiss forwarder Panalpina debuted its “Panalpina Digital Hub,” the new Zurich-based technology-focused arm of its business that will focus on exploring cutting-edge systems, such as the “internet of things” (IoT), artificial intelligence (A.I.) and blockchain, with the intent of forming strategic partnerships with European start-ups to integrate these technologies. “We, like many of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 26, 2018

Panalpina acquires Argentine logistics network for perishables

Yesterday, Swiss forwarder Panalpina released news of a new deal to acquire Argentine logistics company Newport Cargo S.A. in a move that will bolster its orientation toward the growing Latin American perishables market. Newport Cargo handles 24,000 tonnes of freight exports per year, consisting mainly of U.S.-bound fish and berries. Following the merger, the cargo […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 14, 2018

Panalpina, RIM Logistics join blockchain standards group, BiTA

Today, Swiss forwarder Panalpina and Illinois-based RIM Logistics joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), an organization of logistics companies that share the goal of developing blockchain standards and technology for the cargo community. Members include industry leaders like FedEx, PENSKE and UPS. Blockchain is an open-source encrypted database – popularized by the cryptocurrency Bitcoin […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 22, 2018

Panalpina adds Querétaro to its U.S.-Mexico network

Today, Swiss-based carrier Panalpina added Querétaro International Airport (QRO) to its United States-Mexico network, which it calls the “speedy loop,” connecting Mexico City and Guadalajara with the airline’s airfreight gateway in Huntsville, Alabama. Querétaro, located in Mexico’s Bajio region, hosts large-scale automotive, aerospace and production operations. The carrier said the new route represents the first […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 18, 2018

Panalpina reports increased airfreight volume, continued slump in ocean freight sector

Switzerland-based forwarder Panalpina released its financial results for the first quarter of the year, reporting increases in overall profitability, with earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) up in its Air Freight and Contract Logistics divisions, but down in its weakening Ocean Freight division. Overall EBIT came in at US$25 million, a 49 percent increase year-over-year […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 19, 2018

Top 10 things overheard in Dallas at IATA’s World Cargo Symposium

IATA’s World Cargo Symposium 2018 is now history, but between the 13 separate, concurrent tracks and all the networking that was done by more than 1,100 delegates in Dallas a couple weeks ago, chances are there were several words of wisdom you may have missed, even if you had attended every day. As a refresher […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 28, 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

WCS 2018: Schiphol to release data-sharing tool for flower shipment data

DALLAS – Soon, customers who receive a shipment of fresh-cut roses may be able to tell exactly where the flowers came from, how long the journey took and what condition they are in with just a glance at the air waybill (AWB). Today at IATA’s World Cargo Symposium, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) revealed plans to […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 14, 2018

WCS 2018: The cross-border wave is coming – are you ready?

DALLAS – During Tuesday’s e-commerce panel at IATA’s World Cargo Symposium, e-commerce growth was a foregone conclusion, leaving panelists to discuss the more important question — is the air cargo logistics chain ready for the coming wave? “We expect by 2020 we will see a triplification of cross-border flow,” said Liam O’Sullivan, director of operations […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 14, 2018
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