April 26, 2016: Frankfurt is becoming Europe's largest certified pharmaceutical hub, says the Germany gateway’s Air Cargo Community. The Perishable Center, Frankfurt and Bolloré Logistics Germany in Frankfurt have completed the IATA CEIV Pharma certification at this time. Beyond that additional companies are already in the process or are starting the nine-month certification process on location. They include handlers Celebi Cargo, FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services, Fraport Ground Handling Services, LUG air cargo handling, Swissport Cargo Services Deutschland and the airline operations and cool center arms of Lufthansa Cargo.
At that point, over 95 percent of freight handling companies and approximately 85 percent of apron transporters and loaders will be certified. Major freight forwarders are also in the process of certification.
Joachim von Winning, executive director of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt, said, "With comprehensive certification of the entire process chain we will have independent confirmation and can recommend Frankfurt as the Pharma-Gateway for Europe. At the same time we also see the certification process as an opportunity to optimise services and processes and respond even better to the needs and requirements of freight forwarders and pharmaceutical companies. IATA CEIV Pharma provides the perfect setting and implementation should be completed by early 2017 at the latest, with some companies even earlier.”
"The pharmaceutical part is a prime example of a lived community spirit within the Community,” says Winning. "Working closely together and across corporate boundaries is implemented, for and with our customers, at the entire location. This distinguishes the work and the success of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt.”
The 38-member Air Cargo Community Frankfurt covers all aspects of the cargo supply chain with the objective of promoting Frankfurt as an airfreight hub. It intends to have each step of the process certified to ensure reliability and security and is also coordinating special training for the employees of participating firms.
With more than 100,000 tonnes of pharmaceutical freight a year using Frankfurt, the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt and its Temperature Controlled Transport – Pharma competence team are also checking each step of the process for possible optimisation. It is developing new shared products, such as the Cool Dolly to offer a cost-effective solution for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments on the apron.
In addition, the Community engages in a close exchange with consignors and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry to make certain that the products and services on location, optimally meet the needed requirements. One part of this is the program "visit FRA pharma“, where representatives of pharmaceutical companies visit the location in order to be informed about the high level of performance and the many possibilities.