Avianca Cargo gets CEIV Fresh certified

The CEIV Fresh certification is part of Avianca Cargo’s strategy focused on excellence in the handling of perishable products.

Avianca Cargo gets CEIV Fresh certified

Avianca Cargo has announced that it has met all of the necessary requirements and has achieved IATA's CEIV Fresh accreditation. Avianca Cargo is the first airline in the Americas to reach the highest quality and excellence criteria for the delivery of perishable goods.

Latin America has emerged as a worldwide leader in perishables production and exports. It accounts for more than half of Avianca's carried cargo, which includes flowers from Colombia and Ecuador as well as perishables from Chile, Peru, Argentina, and the rest of Latin America to the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world.

"At Avianca Cargo, we are constantly seeking to operate under the highest quality standards in each process we carry out, this is a highly relevant milestone and today we are very proud to receive this certification from IATA, Miami International Airport, and all our allies who are a fundamental part of the supply chain of perishable transport. We continue transforming our business and we want to continue being the best ally of our clients by transporting their products that are sensitive to time and temperature, under the highest quality standards. We continue to work every day to promote the development of Latin American economies and be a quality reference in the region", said Gabriel Oliva, CEO, Avianca Cargo.

The CEIV Fresh certification is part of Avianca Cargo's strategy focused on excellence in the handling of perishable products. It's essential to its procedures, culture, training, infrastructure, and monitoring to guarantee the product's freshness.

CEIV Fresh is based on the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations which combine regulatory and operational inputs from government and industry experts. With this certification, IATA certifies that Avianca Cargo meets the highest industry standards for food safety and waste prevention throughout the supply chain.

Avianca Cargo has achieved this certification through risk and quality management, highly trained personnel for handling perishable goods, active collaboration, transparent communication, and a standardized approach to the transportation of perishable goods.

"Air cargo plays a vital role for the economies in the region. In many countries, agricultural exports contribute significantly to the socio-economic development. Almost 70% of all goods shipped via air freight between Latin America and North America consist of perishable products. Without the cooperation and collaboration of companies in the cold chain, and without harmonized global guidelines and standards followed by all, the risks of something going wrong are quite high. The industry has recognized this challenge and the benefits of this certification, so we congratulate Avianca Cargo for taking this step and obtaining its CEIV Fresh Certification" Peter Cerdá, VP, Regional Americas IATA.

"Congratulations to Avianca Cargo for the recognition earned due to its outstanding dedication to cargo handling," said Ralph Cutie, Director, and CEO of MIA. "We're the busiest airport in terms of perishable cargo, handling 69% of all perishable imports coming into the country; therefore, we're proud to celebrate this great global achievement with Avianca Cargo's Miami station."

The official presentation of the certificate took place during an event at Avianca Cargo's facilities in Miami with the participation of Peter Cerdá, VP Regional Americas IATA; Ralph Cutie, Director & CEO MDAD; Laura Pullins, President CNS and Abel Serrano, Assistant Port Director for Agriculture, U.S. Customs & Border Protection.The CEIV Fresh certification is part of Avianca Cargo's strategy focused on excellence in the handling of perishable products.

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