Yusen Logistics joins KIX Pharma Community to obtain CEIV Pharma certification
August 10, 2017: Yusen Logistics will join the KIX Pharma Community, a group being formed by Kansai Airlines and other partners to acquire joint CEIV Pharma certification at Kansai International Airport in Japan. The Community expects to be certified by the summer of 2018.By participating in the community, Yusen Logistics strengthens and expands its air freight services for its pharmaceutical and medical customers.
CEIV Pharma (the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics) certification is a quality assurance program for the temperature-controlled transportation of pharmaceutical products, developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The program comprehensively covers Good Distribution Practices (GDP), and establishes guidelines that help supply chain partners develop and maintain safe air transportation practices for pharmaceutical products.
As part of its strategy to turn Kansai International Airport into an international cargo hub, Kansai Airports is in the process of improving the quality of how it handles pharmaceutical products. The establishment of the KIX Pharma Community, combined with joint CEIV Pharma certification, will enable it to provide even safer, high-quality pharmaceutical transportation
In terms of exports, this will cover the entire supply chain from collection to aircraft loading; and for imports, from airport arrival to delivery. Acquisition of the certification is scheduled to be completed between spring and summer of 2018.
Yusen Logistics is strengthening its logistics services for medical and pharmaceuticals products around the world. Last December, the company utilized Pharma Gateway Amsterdam—a community centered on Amsterdam Airport Schiphol—to become the first Japanese logistics company to acquire CEIV Pharma certification. This past May, the company acquired GDP certification at Frankfurt Airport. As a result, Yusen Logistics is now able to provide air import and export services that adhere to certification standards at two of Europe’s leading airports.
In Asia, last July Yusen Logistics Indonesia became the first Indonesian logistics company to acquire GDP certification for customs and delivery business processes related to air cargo arriving at and leaving from Jakarta International Airport. In this way, Yusen Logistics is also expanding its global medical and pharmaceutical logistics network in Asia.
Yusen Logistics is working to acquire CEIV Pharma certification at Kansai International Airport, with the aim of establishing a high-quality pharmaceutical logistics service, and globally expanding its supply chain and logistics services that cater to customer needs.