Covid-19: AFKLMP Cargo upgrades Schiphol Pharma Hub to transport vaccines

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Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) is constructing a brand new climate-cool room at its Schiphol Pharma Hub, a new step in preparation for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, which will be handled by a dedicated task force, as announced last month. The additional cold room (COL), with temperatures ranging from +2 degrees Celsius to +8 degrees Celsius, will provide the capacity required to handle Covid-19 vaccines. 

Using the latest technology, AFKLMP Cargo will offer additional 2,061 cubic metre in storage space, dangerous goods and dry ice compatible service, additional 152 skid positions, flexible temperature range, flexible racks to accommodate odd-sized shipments, monitoring from a central control room, temperature alarm system, speed door to limit exposure and synthetic floor. 

Enrica Calonghi, global head of Pharmaceutical Logistics at AFKLMP Cargo said, “Just a few months ago, AFKLMP Cargo already invested in 1,118 cubic metre of additional controlled-climate room (CRT) at Schiphol using the same hybrid technology. With the construction of this brand-new climate-cool room we will be as flexible as possible to handle more vaccines if necessary.” 

Shipping pharma and healthcare products is a core activity for AFKLMP Cargo and they are continuously improving their services and investing in infrastructure at their Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) hubs.

GertJan Roelands, SVP of Sales & Distribution at AFKLMP Cargo said, “The transportation of pharmaceuticals and other healthcare goods is a strategic priority for AFKLMP Cargo. We are thrilled with this investment, which will further improve the service standards of our Schiphol Pharma Hub. We will keep improving infrastructure, introducing digital initiatives and pursuing others innovations to meet the highest industry standards for transporting pharmaceuticals and other healthcare goods. This is essential when it comes to shipping Covid-19 vaccines.” 

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