United Cargo inks lease agreement with ThermoSafe for its cool-chain containers

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July 25, 2018: Cold-chain solutions provider ThermoSafe, a subsidiary of Sonoco has entered into lease agreement with United Cargo for the leasing of the PharmaPort 360 temperature controlled bulk shipping container.

This agreement enables pharmaceutical shippers to lease PharmaPort 360 containers directly from the airline.

These smart active containers hold a +5C temperature setting for long durations. The PharmaPort 360 is distinguished as the only active temperature controlled container in the industry that contains a fully integrated, FAA-approved telemetry system, providing real-time, cloud-based data on payload and ambient temperature and key mechanical components, precisely synchronised with GPS location.

“We are proud to be the first North American carrier to sign a direct leasing agreement with Sonoco ThermoSafe,” said Jan Krems, president, United Cargo.

“Along with our relentless focus on speed, reliability and quality, TempControl customers appreciate our drive to ensure our service remains relevant and valuable to the evolving pharmaceutical marketplace. We are excited to offer customers the ability to lease the PharmaPort 360, a smart active packaging option, for the safe transport of health care material on our TempControl network of 68 certified locations.”

“Given the extensive scope of United Cargo’s TempControl network, this partnership enables the pharmaceutical supply chain to cost-effectively ship across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions,” said Christopher Day, director of global business development for Sonoco ThermoSafe’s Leasing Services division.

“Additionally, Sonoco’s 300+ global locations allow the Sonoco ThermoSafe division to quickly and efficiently expand the depot network for leasing PharmaPort units across the globe."

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