Puerto Rico Update
As a result of hurricane Maria, the handling of shipments to and from Puerto Rico remains challenging. Most airlines have now resumed services with some limitations as they relate to the handling of active containers due to the inconsistent power supply.
Cargolux has restarted services from Aguadilla airport to Europe and KLM plans to reinstate flights at the end of October.
Unitrans can provide full services via ocean and air for both ambient, temperature controlled as well as relief shipments. Please contact Unitrans for more information about current conditions and how to get your shipments moved.
Temp Controlled Comments
Late September saw Pharmafreight's AGM take place in Dubai, with the first days of this year's event being hosted by the pharma division of Emirates Airlines. Pharmafreight is a global group of freight companies working together with its systems based on healthcare regulators' standard, Good Distribution Practice (GDP). With its specialist in the biotech and life sciences industries, Unitrans represents the group in the USA. In Dubai, the group was taken on a tour of the new Emirates freight terminal and also the Skypharma center, visiting the cool chain facilities and hearing about all of the airline's new plans for its pharma product. Over 17 countries attended the AGM this year, confirming the group's commitment to ensure that all pharma products will be carried without any change to their characteristics while in its care.
Unitrans' Chris Ng in front row, 4th from left, and Dave Janzow in third row, 1st from left.
India Pharma Growth
India's pharmaceutical industry is growing at 15% a year – triple the global average – and is expected to grow to US$55bn by 2020. As a result, cargo handlers, forwarders and carriers are investing in cold chain operations and transportation. Mumbai Airport alone will have a half-a-million-ton capacity pharma terminal.
Delta and Virgin Launch Pharma Zone at Heathrow
Joint venture partners Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo have introduced a new Pharma Zone at their London Heathrow joint facility earlier this month. The new Pharma Zone will support the growing volumes of temperature-controlled healthcare and life science products being carried by both airlines.