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Ordering pharmaceutical shipments becomes faster

Transparency and process optimization are most challenging for pharmaceutical logistics. To improve both throughout the entire supply chain, all members of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt now invest in the optimization of the ordering process and operation management of pharmaceutical transports. These efforts are based on a combined IT solution for automated and electronic process support which allows a complete exchange of information between all members of the supply chain. “With this new concept, we are able to decrease the complexity of ordering processes and increase reliability and speed at the same time by steering the flow of information of all participants digitally”, explains Anke Giesen, Executive at Fraport AG and Vice Chairwoman of Air Cargo Community Frankfurt. An academic analysis by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences identified potentials for optimizations, which are now being implemented by community members like airlines, freight handling, forwarding businesses, ground handling services as well as IT and scientific Serivce providers. Fraport ground handlings services (BVD) and the handling companies Swissport, Celebi, LUG and FCS are currently being audited according to CEIV pharma on behalf of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to confirm the high quality of their pharmaceutical transports. “The approval of an independent authority will emphasize our competence as Europe’s leading gateway for pharmaceutical products”, says Joachim von Winning, Executive Director of Air Cargo Community Frankfurt. More than half of the airlines that belong to the Community are already certified according to CEIV pharma. This also applies to the Perishable Center and forwarders like Bolloré Logistics.


With regard to pharmaceutical commodities, Frankfurt Airport is well established as Europe’s leading gateway: More than 100.000 tons of medicinal products, vaccines and other pharmaceutical products are handled annually. Especially Lufthansa and LUG are now expanding their dedicated handling space for pharma products with multi temperature zones to 11,000 square meters. In this area, palettes can be split up or combined without disrupting the cold chain. Moreover, Frankfurt Airport uses thermo transporters on the apron for nearly twenty years.


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