Jan 13, 2017: Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo) becomes the first airline in Asia-Pacific to gain the CEIV Pharma certification from IATA.
The certification is a globally recognised pharmaceutical product handling accreditation to affirm the airline’s capabilities in handling temperature-controlled pharmaceutical cargo with speed, reliability and efficiency.
“We are acutely aware of the important role that these shipments play in serving the broader community, and hope that this certification will give our ultimate customers additional assurance and comfort that these shipments, which are often life-saving, are in good hands,” said Chin Yau Sen, president of SIA Cargo.
“The Asia-Pacific freight market is the largest in the world, accounting for close to 40 percent of total global trade. Having SIA Cargo, one of the region’s largest operators, achieve CEIV Pharma Certification is a significant boost not only for the airline’s customers but also the region,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA’s global head of Cargo. “We congratulate them on their achievement and for taking the industry one step closer to having a global standard for transporting pharmaceuticals in place.”
Hughes, added, “IATA has created CEIV Pharma to help airlines, handlers and forwarders to be compliant with international regulations and to create one global standard for transporting pharmaceuticals.”
As SIA Cargo manages the cargo capacity on passenger flights operated by Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot, this award also means that the networks of all these airlines, which together cover over 100 destinations, are now CEIV Pharma certified.
SIA Cargo is part of the pioneer group of six companies supported by Changi Airport Group (CAG) as the first airport community in Asia to undergo the IATA CEIV Pharma Certification.
Both SIA Cargo and CAG are members of Pharma.Aero, a global independent association which aims to foster collaboration between CEIV Pharma certified airport communities dedicated to developing and leading the handling of pharmaceutical products.