Swiss WorldCargo gains CEIV certification for its airline business

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July 24, 2018: Swiss WorldCargo has been awarded IATA’s Center for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification encompassing the entire airline and organisation. Swiss WorldCargo’s Zurich hub has already received the distinction of being CEIV certified in 2016, and is also recognised as GDP compliant by Swiss authorities Swissmedic.

The air cargo division of Swiss International Air Lines received the certification following an extensive review from IATA recognised independent auditors.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO handed over the certificate to Michael Niggemann, chief financial officer and member of Management Board of Swiss International Air Lines.

“Quality, reliability and long-standing experience underscore all our efforts in shipping products around the globe, and we are delighted to have been recognised at not just our hub, but throughout our entire airline and network. Our commitment to upholding safety standards throughout our global network offers us opportunities to carry out pharmaceutical shipments around the world,” said Ashwin Bhat, head of Cargo.

“CEIV Pharma certification ensures these lifesaving products are handled using the best global standards of safety, security, compliance and efficiency,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO.

Swiss WorldCargo continues to develop a “pharma road-map” to improve its footprint in the important and growing segment of pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

Previously, Swiss WorldCargo was the first company to establish the so-called “quality corridors,” or dedicated pharma traffic lanes between select destinations, that offer safe pharmaceutical shipments from airport to airport.

“With its CEIV Pharma certification, the firm provides further evidence of its adherence to the most important and strict international regulations standards for pharma shipments and further enhances its leadership in this segment,” said the airline through a statement.

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