DFW Airport receives pharma certification from IATA
March 15, 2019: Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has gained the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification from the International Airport Transport Association (IATA).
The key logistics service providers within the community are founding members of DFW's CEIV community: ground handling company dnata cargo USA, refrigerated trucking services provider SCL Cold Chain, warehousing and distribution firm BIG Logistics and freight forwarding specialist Expeditors.
DFW is one of only two airports in North America with a CEIV Pharma Community covering all links in the airport supply chain.
The company said through a statement: 'The North American hub's certification is significant because its mid-continent location is accessible by every major US market within four hours or less by air. This can greatly help with air transport of pharma products that are time- and temperature-sensitive.'
The certification process for DFW's logistics partners involved training, pre-validation assessment, audit and validation.
The hub's cold chain facility operates 24/7 with capabilities to provide quality care for pharmaceutical freight, which consists of temperature- and time-sensitive products.
Glyn Hughes, Global head of Cargo at IATA said: 'By DFW's community obtaining CEIV Pharma certification, the number of organizations worldwide that are contributing to improve pharma handling across the aviation sector has increased, this is very positive.'
DFW's cargo tonnage has grown more than 45 percent in the last 10 years. In 2018 alone, DFW handled more than 911,000 US tonnes of air freight.