Nippon Express sets up Japan’s first fixed-temperature storage at Kansai Airport

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Kansai Airports announced that Nippon Express will install a fixed-temperature storage with an area dedicated to pharma products at its facility in Kansai International Airport (KIX). The operations have started from July 26, 2021.

The new temperature-controlled facility - NEX-PHARMA Logistics Hub Kansai Airport will enable strict temperature control of international air cargo. Strict compliance with quality standards such as GDP (Good Distribution Practice) has been required for pharmaceutical products worldwide in recent years, and customers have been demanding ever-higher levels of quality for temperature control during transport and storage.

Features available at the facility are:

1.Temperature control

o The facility's constant-temperature areas for pharmaceutical products offer storage in the 15? to 25? (constant-temperature) and 2? to 8? (refrigerated) ranges.

o Areas have also been established for storing general goods at 5? (refrigerated storage) and -20? (frozen storage).

o Validation (*2) results are available from a continuous temperature monitoring system.

o This system issues warnings of any deviations from set temperature conditions to provide immediate recognition of potential problems.

2.  Quality assurance

o Dock shelter installed

o Emergency backup power supply installed (will go into operation at the end of August 2021)

o Power can be supplied to temperature-controlled containers in the constant-temperature storage area.

o The facility is dust-proof and insect-proof and features anti-static interior walls.

3.  Enhanced security

o A surveillance camera system has been installed in the facility.

o Access to all rooms is managed using IC tags.


The airport already has KIX-Medica, a temperature-controlled storage for pharma products, and other pharmaceutical storage facilities established by ground handling companies and logistics operators.

With Nippon Express, Japan's major international freight forwarder, setting up its own pharma storage within the airport premises?the first of its kind in Japan, KIX will be able to offer higher-quality pharma cargo service. Furthermore, as a member of the KIX Pharma Community which was established in August 2017, Nippon Express is in the process of acquiring the CEIV Pharma, a pharmaceutical transport quality certification advocated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The storage to be installed will also be certified under this program. Kansai Airports will continue to drive quality improvement in handling of pharmaceutical cargo in joint efforts with its partners.

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