As part of their visit FRA pharma initiative, the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt presented the broad range of services for the shipment of pharmaceutical products by airfreight at Frankfurt Airport to BVL International (the German Logistics Association) in the Rhein-Main region.
“Specifically, the pharmaceutical industry has the most demanding requirements for airfreight. Many shipments are of very high value and extremely temperature sensitive and they often have to get to their destination quickly,” says Joachim von Winning, Executive Director of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt. “Frankfurt has an innovative world-class service offer that stands for speed, safety and reliability. This is what we want to make better known with visit FRA pharma. I am therefore all the more happy about our good partnership with BVL. Thanks to their support we were able to welcome a lot of its members to visit FRA pharma.”
Expert presentation and live operations
Approximately 80 visitors attended the event. Initially they received a comprehensive update on current trends and developments on logistics and in particular for the transport of pharmaceutical products. Speakers included Andreas Gmür from Camelot Management Consultants and Andreas Seitz, Managing Director of DoKaSch Temperature Solutions. In addition to that, Dominik Misskampf, as Head of the Competence Team Pharma presented how FRA is committed to the shipment of pharmaceutical products and what special products and services are available to consignors.
During the second part of visit FRA pharma the visitors experienced live operations at the Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center and the Perishable Center Frankfurt. A specific highlight was the loading of a cargo plane on the apron. Visitors were also able to get an impression of the special Fraport Thermotransporter. This way the visitors of Community were able to see and experience the special procedures for pharmaceuticals first hand.
Joachim von Winning: “Frankfurt Airport is Europe´s number 1 in air freight – naturally as well with pharmaceuticals with more than 100,000 tons annually. We, as a community, are instrumental in securing and expanding this position in Frankfurt long-term, especially in regard to pharmaceutical companies and shippers.”
visit FRA pharma is just one example for the high level of dedication of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt in this area. The industry standard of the governing body IATA Center of Excellences for Independent Validators, in short CEIV Pharma, is already being implemented: Two companies have successfully completed the certification process and will soon receive their certificates. Other members will follow suit this year. Also on the agenda is the implementation of a transport chain interlinking risk management. The Community is also planning additional ‘visit FRA pharma’ events.