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  • CCA Member DUS Cargo to Join Club of Supreme Pharma Handlers

    The CEIV Pharma certification program launched by IATA is rapidly gaining speed. Following the licensing of Brussels Airport Cargo, Liege and Milan, AF-KL Cargo and Changi Airport, Dusseldorf Cargo has apparently also become a Center of Excellence for Independent Validators on Pharmaceutical Handling certification (CEIV Pharma). The successful achievement of this aim will be made official at the WCS meeting being held in Berlin.

  • AIR FRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo awarded IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification

    CCA Member AIR FRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo is the first major airline group to be awarded the IATA CEIV Pharma certificate for its hub operations in Amsterdam and Paris, as well as the Air France and KLM airline processes. Amsterdam & Paris – Having joined the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) programme, our airline group was awarded CEIV Pharma Certification on 11 February 2016 for our hub operations at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, as well...

  • Questions Under the Cold Light

    Interview with Malik Zeniti, DuPont.   The temperature control of perishable products during transit continues to be a hot topic. With the latest EU good distribution practice (cGDP) for pharmaceuticals now in place and with concerns over food wastage gaining momentum, the need for adequate freight safeguards has never been greater.

  • Community Certification Project for Pharma Handling at Brussels Airport

    Brussels Airport to become world’s first CEIV Pharma certified community   Industry Context The global pharmaceutical industry relies on the speed of air cargo for moving this high-value, temperature-sensitive cargo. Pharma shipping has in recent years become the fastest-growing segment of the international air freight industry and not only cargo carriers but forwarders and handlers have attempted to secure their share of the sector through branded and specialised products and services. Key...

  • Tyvek Press Release CoolChain 2014

    Tyvek® 3-in-1 Air Cargo Covers perform at Europe's largest Cool Chain event Star performers at Cool Chain Logistics Europe in Luxembourg from 27 - 29 January, 2014 were the Tyvek® range of triple-action Air Cargo Covers from DuPont. Tyvek® covers provide a dependable and affordable means of complying with the new EU GDP for pharmaceutical products. High performance, triple action Tyvek® Air Cargo Covers provide pharmaceutical companies and their logistics providers with multi-threat thermal prot...

  • Cargolux is the first GDP certified airline

    Cargolux is the first GDP certified airline CCA Member Cargolux Airlines was granted Good Distribution Practice (GDP) status by Bureau Veritas Certification Germany GmbH, attesting that the company’s management system fulfills the requirements of the EU directive ‘Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use’ and of WHO guidelines. Cargolux is the first airline worldwide to be GDP certified, which underlines its strong commitment to the safe and expedient movement...

  • Mending the Broken Pharma Cold Chain

    Despite the critical nature of the drugs being handled and transported from one part of the world to another, everyone involved in the pharma cold chain agrees that there are still no enforceable document and no standardization of the rules when it comes to pharmaceutical transport. Moreover, executives from the freight and logistics industries say the pharma cold chain reminds "broken" and that shippers see airports as the weakest links in the chain. Read the full article here.

  • Sea freight takes a bite out of air freight’s perishable volumes

    Rising costs and shifting trade lane patterns towards sea freight and emerging markets are harming volumes in the air industry’s perishable goods sector. Frank van Gelder, consultant of cool chain air freight projects at Adelantex told delegates at the recent Cool Logistics Global conference in Rotterdam that the variety of perishable products to be shipped by air would become more “limited” than previously expected. The industry faces increasing costs overall and declining volumes.

  • Cool Chain Handling: Two-Tier Warning

    Investment in technology and infrastructure among air cargo firms handling pharmaceutical and healthcare products is resulting in a two-tier supply chain, a conference on ground handling has heard.  There are those companies who invest and those who do not, explains Marcel Fujike, senior vice-president of products and services, global air logistics at Kuehne +Nagel. He, along with Sebastiaan Scholte, chairman of the Cool Chain Association (CCA), is calling on IATA to wade into the handling ...

  • The seafood capacity crunch

    Which comes first, capacity or market? Is air cargo capacity put in place to serve an existing need, or by becoming available can it create a whole new type of demand? Colin MacDonald, chairman ofClearwater Seafoods Inc, clearly thinks the latter is the case in his home market of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Why cool-chain handling needs to get its act together

    There's a desperate need for standardisation in the handling of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products in the air cargo supply chain, warns the Cool Chain Association (CCA).  Poor communication and training, a deficiency in the required skills, along with cost pressures are just some of the ‘weak links’ affecting quality of service, a conference on ground handling has heard.  Sebastiaan Scholte, chairman of the CCA, is calling on IATA to take the lead in addressing these problems by “...

  • IAG Cargo opens Heathrow pharmaceuticals centre

    IAG Cargo, the freight arm of British Airways and Iberia, has opened this new pharmaceuticals centre at Heathrow airport. It is the latest step in the expansion of its Constant Climate service for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical materials. With increasing numbers of shipments of this type moving to and from Africa, the new Constant Climate Centre will handle and store IAG Cargo’s Passive and Active Constant Climate products.

  • Unreliable air cargo industry loses pharma traffic to sea, while ‘IATA sleeps’

    The air cargo industry and IATA need to act urgently to prevent further modal shift of pharmaceutical traffic to sea freight, on the basis of quality rather than price, according to forwarders and shippers. Analysis by Seabury presented at the CCA Event in Lisbon, indicates that air freight’s share of global pharmaceutical transport has plummeted from 17% in 2000 to just 11% today. The primary reason cited by shippers was that sea was more reliable than air, delegates at the Air Cargo Handling c...

  • Box lines missing out on a blossoming revenue stream, says FloraHolland

    The world’s major container shipping alliances are missing a “huge opportunity” by neglecting the flower trade between east Africa and Europe. A leading figure in the international flower supply chain said the savings for cargo owners would also be significant if container lines offered better refrigerated services on the route. Edwin Wenink, supply chain development manager at CCA Member FloraHolland,  explained that the Netherlands-based flower sales co-operative which turns over €4....

  • Delta Cargo's new 3,000-sq ft refrigerated storage unit in Detroit

    Delta Cargo, the airfreight division of Delta Air Lines, has opened a new 3,000-sq ft refrigerated storage unit at Detroit-Wayne County International Airport that will offer in-transit cooling and specialised handling for temperature-sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals and other perishables.  Designed and built in about five months, the facility uses precise temperature settings and controls to store sensitive shipments including pharmaceuticals, flowers, fish and seafood as well as ...

  • Panalpina plans to chill

    CCA Member Panalpina are planning for growing demand in the temperature controlled freight market. In the first half of this year 20 per cent of Panalpina’s air cargo moved on its Luxembourg-Huntsville route was temperature-controlled. The vast bulk of this cargo is shipped by the healthcare industry, but growing demand for temperature-controlled shipping can also be observed in other industries according to the carrier.

  • DB Schenker's South Korea healthcare bid

    As part of a plan to build global supply chain competence in the healthcare market, logistics giant and CCA Member DB Schenker has opened a new logistics centre in South Korea.  The 6,100-sq m facility, located in Gunpo, near Seoul, is fully equipped for healthcare operations, including a cold storage range of 2-8 °C and 15-25 °C products, and specialised vaults for sensitive pharma products, such as psychotropic and radioactive items.  The new centre is one of 26 such contract logisti...

  • Envirotainer and CHEP's cold chain alliance

    Cool Chain specialist and CCA Member Envirotainer and ULD management company CHEP are to work together in a strategic worldwide alliance. The deal addresses an increasing need for cold chain transportation of perishables, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. At the same time, Envirotainer is to establish four new fully Envirotainer-operated competence centres in Atlanta, Amsterdam, Singapore and Vienna.

  • Singapore’s Changi Airport seeks growth with gold: Tuna

    Along with many other airports around the world, Changi Airport is looking to perishables, pharmaceuticals and high value goods such as gold to boost volumes, hoping that rising wealth in Asia will contribute to this goal.  In the first quarter, volumes fell 2.2%, but the airport is hoping to attract more cargo through its Coolport facility, while Dnata’s new perishables centre will open later this year. It has already seen a rise in seafood transhipment, from Indonesia to Japan, while it e...

  • Can pharma save South Africa’s air freight business ?

    Perishable volumes shipped by air in South Africa have shrivelled as rising costs, competition from other carriers – and African countries – have harmed the trade. Ronel Rossouw, national sales manager for South African Airlines, told the Cool Logistics conference in Cape Town last month that “the business is dying”. “We are getting more money moving perishables between Johannesburg and Cape Town that we do to London these days,” she said.

  • SkyCargo Strengthens its Cool Chain Premium Service

    SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has strengthened its Cool Chain Premium Service with the appointment of an additional cool chain solutions provider. SkyCargo has contracted CSafe, a global provider of cool chain solutions, for the supply and service of mobile refrigeration units used for its Cool Chain Premium Service, which specializes in the transport of temperature-sensitive products, including pharmaceuticals. The contract will pr...

  • Competition heats up in the cool pharma supply chain

    Airlines and forwarders are introducing increasingly sophisticated pharma logistics products in response to new legislation and surging demand – but as sea freight options also try to gain a foothold in the market, competition is more intense than ever. Lured by potentially higher yields and solid demand, the air freight industry is gearing up for heavy competition on the increasingly regulated pharmaceuticals sector. Following the introduction of stricter rules on the transport of goods, includ...

  • Competition heats up in the cool pharma supply chain

    Airlines and forwarders are introducing increasingly sophisticated pharma logistics products in response to new legislation and surging demand – but as sea freight options also try to gain a foothold in the market, competition is more intense than ever. Lured by potentially higher yields and solid demand, the air freight industry is gearing up for heavy competition on the increasingly regulated pharmaceuticals sector. Following the introduction of stricter rules on the transport of goods, includ...

  • Pharma shippers pool resources under Panalpina plan

    CCA Member Panalpina is urging its healthcare customers to share transport, while forging new intermodal routes for less urgent pharmaceutical shipments, in an attempt to cut shippers’ logistics bills. The first route, from Europe to countries in Latin America including Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, will use air, road and ocean freight, while it is also working on an intermodal route from the US to Latin America. The initiative began a year ago, when Panalpina identified that pharmaceu...

  • Cool Logistics for Pharma & Healthcare Survey

    300+ Pharma Cool Chain Related Executives answered the questions in this survey (September 2012): Q: Which of these best represents the products that you are principally moving through your supply chain ? Branded Pharmaceuticals 29% Biopharmaceutical's 23% Healthcare Distribution (on behalf of one of the above) 16% Clinical Supplies and IMP’s 11% Other 11% Generics and OTC products 3% Q: What are the top 3 priorities in your temperature assured distribution supply chain ? Reduce or pre...

  • Cargo airlines losing out to ocean container carriers

    Airlines have permanently lost out to ocean container lines as box carriers grab an increasing share of the freight that was previously moved by air, according to logistics and cargo executives, reports the South China Morning Post. Alfred Hofmann, senior vice-president for sea freight in the Asia-Pacific at logistics giant Kuehne+Nagel, said the pharmaceutical industry and manufacturers of temperature-controlled products were at the “forefront of change” from airfreight to sea freight. “It’s a ...

  • Cargolux expansion extends pharmaceutical opportunities

    Work is underway to extend the Cargolux warehouse in order to be able to safely move and store healthcare and pharmaceutical products. The 3,000 m2 warehouse expansion, which is due to be opened in Spring 2013, will enable the air freight firm to store temperature sensitive items while in transit. It will offer two temperature zones with permanent temperature monitoring, compliant with the global guidelines on the storage and distribution of medical products for human use.

  • Shippers plead for direct contact with airlines

    Shippers have lambasted the air freight industry for failing to engage with their ultimate customers. One large manufacturer, which spends about $450 million on air freight each year out of a total transport budget of some $2.8 billion, told: “We have never had an airline knock on our door. All they do is complain.

  • Demand for perishables to double in four years

    Fruit and veg are becoming increasingly tasty components of the air cargo business. A global surge in demand for premium perishable foodstuffs, including cherries, strawberries and blueberries, as well as fresh salmon and live lobsters – particularly from China – is helping fill freighters and aircraft bellies.  Forwarders and carriers now see ‘high value’ perishables as a prime business, as demand for such premium products increases around the world. Former Delta Air Lines’ cargo chief Nee...

  • Air Cargo and the Cold Chain

    A breakdown of the cold chain was implicated in the deaths of 128 children in India vaccinated in 2010. Since then, three major developments have occurred. Most temperature-controlled distribution channels operate effectively, but when a major breakdown in a cold chain causes widespread illness or even death, it can bring a higher level of public scrutiny to your supply chain.  Incidents like the deaths of 128 children in India caused regulatory agencies throughout the world to reexamine ph...

  • Kuehne + Nagel introduces real-time temperature control in airfreight

    As part of its KN PharmaChain product, Kuehne + Nagel has introduced newly developed active wireless sensors which record and transmit the temperature of pharmaceutical airfreight shipments along the entire supply chain. The use of active wireless sensors is a major achievement in the segment of seamless airfreight cold chains for pharmaceutical products. Generally, security rules prohibit the active use of mobile sensors during air transport.

  • IATA Time & Temperature Sensitive Label Mandatory by 1 July 2012

    Background Today the air cargo industry is using the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR) as the essential reference guide for all parties involved in the packaging and handling of perishables for air transportation. Chapter 17 “Air Transport Logistics for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Products” in the PCR specifically addresses the temperature control management issues identified by the industry.  This Chapter provides the requirements for the transportation of time and temp...

  • Lufthansa Cargo opens new center for temperature-controlled freight in Frankfurt

    Cargo carrier steps up investment in business with temperature-sensitive freight Lufthansa Cargo began operations today at its new facility for temperature-sensitive freight in Frankfurt. The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center was built in the space of just six months. It is equipped with four cool storage rooms for four different temperature ranges as well as a deep-freezer cell on an area of 4,500 square metres.

  • Industry Update: Air Cargo and the Cool Chain

    There have been many ups and downs in the air cargo industry over the past two years, but there’s one trend that appears to be here to stay: the continued growth of cold chain cargo. There are several types of products that require cold chain or temperature-sensitive shipping, including perishables such as flowers and food. The biggest cold chain growth, however, is coming from the healthcare industry.