Unitrans Life Sciences Logistics Newsletter | Edition 42 | October 20, 2017
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In Edition 42:
> Puerto Rico Update
> Temp Controlled Comments
Pharmafreight AGM
India Pharma Growth
Delta & Virgin Pharma Zone Heathrow

> Industry, Carrier & Service Updates
Emirates & Cargolux
Trucking Problems
> Security News
IATA-WCO Collaboration
> Compliance and Trade Corner
FDA Product Classification Guidance
Banks Join Trade Finance Blockchain
FDA New Drug Tracking Behind Schedule

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

Pharmafreight AGM

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.


Industry, Carrier and Service Updates


Emirates and Cargolux New Air Cargo Codeshare Deal

Emirates has chartered aircraft from Cargolux and started weekly freighter services to Luxembourg. Cargolux is now handled in Dubai World Central by Emirates. The codeshare arrangement will include carriage on Emirates' passenger flights.

Trucking Problems Slow Aid Delivery in Puerto Rico

The relief and recovery effort in Puerto Rico continues to pose unique difficulties for aid organizations and businesses alike. The Maritime Executive reports that with a shortage of truckers and extensive damage to the island's roads, surface transportation has been a serious bottleneck. In addition, 70 percent of the island's cell towers are down, making it difficult for dispatchers to reach customers and truckers. Unitrans can provide ground transportation services to most points on the island.


Security News


IATA-WCO Collaboration

The integration of IATA's Cargo-XML in the World Customs Organization's Cargo Targeting System (WCO CTS) has enabled electronic communication between airlines and customs authorities. This will make communication simpler and more effective, and facilitate more accurate risk assessments by customs authorities using the WCO CTS application to capture advance electronic cargo manifest information.


Compliance and Trade Corner


FDA Finalizes Product Classification Guidance

On September 26, 2017, FDA combined and finalized two Draft Guidance documents first issued in 2011 that set forth the Agency's approach to classifying products as "drugs" or "devices" under the FDC Act § 201. The FDA has provided greater certainty to product sponsors by clarifying the meaning of "chemical action", but the sponsor's burden of proof to establish product classification remains.

More Banks Join UBS and IBM Trade Finance Blockchain

In trade finance, banks provide funding and other services to importers and exporters to facilitate commerce. The block-chain based platform Batavia would help banks and their clients automate the trade finance process, which remains highly manual and paper-based, the participating companies said on Wednesday.

FDA New Drug Tracking Behind Schedule

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) outlines critical steps to build an electronic, interoperable system to identify and trace certain prescription drugs within the U.S. by 2023. The DSCSA is part of the Drug Quality and Security Act (Pub. L. No. 113-54), signed into law in November 2013. Jenna Ventresca, director of health policy at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), told Bloomberg BNA she doesn't think the 2023 deadline "is reasonable anymore. The compliance time is very short given the size of the task, issues that have arisen in current compliance efforts, and delays that have already occurred."

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