DHL to open four new temperature-controlled storage chambers in San Juan this year

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Feb 03, 2017: DHL Global Forwarding will open four new temperature-controlled storage chambers in San Juan, Puerto Rico this year. The 6,792-sq ft DHL warehouse was expanded to six times its original size into environmentally-controlled cold chambers.

Operating for close to six decades as Air Express International, in 2016 alone, DHL Global Forwarding invested close to $1 million in the market. In 2007, San Juan became a part of DHL’s Life Science Competency Centre global network, comprised of more than 100 Centers worldwide.

Most recently, it invested in dividing its current warehouse in San Juan into three independently-operated cold chambers with a combined capacity of 480 pallets. Each of the three chambers operates at 15 to 25° C and has 100 percent redundant refrigeration systems. The chambers also have a hot gas injection system to maintain required relative humidity levels during operation. Additionally, the company offers one chamber operating at 2 to 8°C, with a combined capacity of 90 pallets. The renovated cold chambers are part of the TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF) programme, which allows for on-site cargo screening and compliance auditing.

“Given its strategic location, Puerto Rico has been an important launch point for DHL to the Americas, Europe and Asia, and as one of the DHL certified life science stations, it provides services and coverage to more than 2,000 trade lane pairings in secure and compliant manner,” said David Bang, global head of DHL Temperature Management Solutions/CEO LifeConEx, DHL Global Forwarding.

“Within the last decade, pharmaceutical companies have increasingly invested in Puerto Rico, and these companies need a strong network and cold chain infrastructure to handle their delicate medicines and pharmaceutical products,” said Frank Cascante, head of Business Development Americas for DHL Temperature Management Solutions, DHL Global Forwarding.

In the second quarter of 2017, the DHL Global Forwarding San Juan facility will join the 30 DHL stations worldwide to be awarded the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) in Pharmaceutical Logistics certification.

San Juan is already an accredited Qualified Envirotainer Partner (QEP), endorsing DHL Global Forwarding’s management of shipments moving in Envirotainer containers. It is also a part of DHL Global Forwarding’s Air Thermonet network, a global Good Distribution Practice (GDP) standard for time– and temperature-sensitive air freight shipments, providing seamless temperature visibility along the supply chain.

As part of its customer-centric focus, in 2016 the company launched a series of free customer workshops, aimed at further equipping its customers to stay up to date on the recent logistics trends, changes and compliance topics impacting their businesses. One free workshop is planned for each quarter of 2017.

Photo: DHL Global Forwarding's ribbon cutting ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico, (from left to right) Frank Cascante, DHL Global Forwarding; David Bang, DHL Global Forwarding and Javier Aleman, station manager and Thermonet manager, DHL Global Forwarding, Puerto Rico. (Source: Business Wire)

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