ANA becomes first Japanese airline to get CEIV Fresh certification

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture has set target to increase exports to 2 trillion yen by 2025 & 5 trillion yen by 2030

ANA becomes first Japanese airline to get CEIV Fresh certification
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All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest and 5-Star airline for ten consecutive years, became the first Japanese airline to receive the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Perishable Logistics (CEIV) Fresh certification. The international quality certification, established by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), recognized ANA on July 3, 2023 for its excellence in the transportation of perishable products.

IATA developed the CEIV Fresh Certification to recognise companies and organisations involved in air transportation for the proper handling of perishable food products. It aims to minimise product damage and waste caused by environmental factors such as temperature changes during handling and transportation.

"Delivering consistent and high quality to our customers across our operations is crucial to ANA's core business values," says Kenichi Wakiya, Executive Vice President, ANA and President, ANA Cargo. "This recognition from IATA reaffirms ANA's commitment to upholding high standards in handling, training and quality control of goods transportation. We remain committed to surpassing quality expectations and continuously improving our transportation processes."

"Congratulations to ANA for achieving CEIV Fresh certification," adds Nick Careen, Senior Vice President, Operations, Safety and Security, IATA. "Given the sensitive nature of perishables, maintaining product integrity requires exceptional standards. With ANA's certification, shippers can rest assured that their cold-chain logistics needs are handled with the utmost care, further bolstering Japan's goals of escalating agricultural, forestry, and fishery exports."

CEIV Fresh Certification is based on the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety control list, the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) international standard for food safety management systems 22000:2018, and other standards related to fresh food.

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries set a target to increase exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products to 2 trillion yen by 2025 and 5 trillion yen by 2030. The target requires selecting transportation operators who maintain freshness through a high-quality control system.

ANA's quality control system at Tokyo Haneda Airport, encompassing personnel, training, quality control and handling manuals for transporting perishable goods, was recognized by IATA, leading to certification. By elevating the quality of food transportation within the supply chain through lead-time reduction and temperature control, it is possible to contribute to the reduction of food loss (food waste).

In 2017, ANA achieved another global certification milestone, becoming the first Japanese airline to receive CEIV Pharma certification, a quality certification for pharmaceutical transportation established by IATA. ANA remains focused on expanding its transportation services and to enhancing quality to its customers.

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