Unitrans Life Sciences Logistics Newsletter | Edition 43 | November 22, 2017
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In Edition 43:
> Temp Controlled Comments
Cold Storage Study from Within Container
Cydiance Monitor Supply Chain "Black Hole"
SilverQuilt Solution for 15-25°C Shipments
Refrigeration Revolutionized Global Trade

> Industry, Carrier & Service Updates
Air Cargo Operations at JFK
Molecular Medicine & Diagnostics Conference
Air Cargo Perfect Storm
> Security News
Medical Device Cybersecurity
Pharma.Aero
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
> Compliance and Trade Corner
EU Drug Regulator Moves to Amsterdam
FDA Remains Sole Drugs Approver
Missed Opportunities in Duty Management

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Temp Controlled Comments

Cold Storage Study from Within Container

Scientist Barbara Pratt directs refrigerated technical services for Maersk North America. When she started with Maersk in 1977 she built a laboratory inside a container and traveled in it to research cold storage. Read her full account at Quartz.

Cydiance Monitor Addresses Supply Chain "Black Hole"

Shanghai-based Cydiance Technology offers a disposable real-time data logger designed for international temperature sensitive logistic activities, providing shipment status for the shippers, consignees and logistic partners. Cydiance managing director Austin Gu told The Coolstar that "when you have a shipment at sea (…) it's a blackout period. Pallet-level temperature monitoring provides shippers with true visibility." The monitoring coverage is worldwide, more than 150 countries are included in.

SilverQuilt Solution for 15-25°C Shipments

TP3 Global have announced the launch of their SilverQuilt solution, a product designed as a cost effective method of maintaining 15-25°C shipments.

How Refrigeration Revolutionized Global Trade

The BBC series "50 Things That Made the Modern Economy" highlights the inventions, ideas and innovations that helped create the economic world. This article focuses on cold chain.


Industry, Carrier and Service Updates


Air Cargo Operations at JFK

Port Authority Board of Commissioners approves lease deal for new 346,000 Square-Foot Cargo Facility at JFK. The project includes $70 million investment in new cargo facility and $62 million upgrade to tow taxiways for larger cargo planes.

Molecular Medicine & Diagnostics Conference

Tri-Con, the conference on molecular medicine and diagnostics, will be held February 11-16, 2018 in San Francisco.

Air Cargo Perfect Storm

The Loadstar reports that "forwarders and shippers are 'feeling the pain' of a serious lack of air freight capacity in the [European] market as rates soar on some lanes as high as $8.00 per kg. This may stem from the withdrawal of freighter capacity as well as the move towards cargo-unfriendly aircrafts such as the A380.


Security News


Medical Device Cybersecurity

Last August, the FDA issued the cybersecurity-related recall of an implanted medical device affect approx. 450,000 patients. Ever since, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through its ICS-CERT database has been issuing a new batch of advisories on a bi-weekly basis. This is a steep rise from earlier in 2017. Mike Kijewski, CEO of MedCrypt, writes that rate of cybersecurity vulnerabilities found in medical devices is likely to increase steadily over the next 18 months and that actual harm to patients is just a matter of time.

Pharma.Aero

The CEIV initiative gains momentum as Pharma.Aero, an organization founded by Miami International Airport and Brussels Airport as a platform to foster stronger collaboration amongst members including airport communities, pharma shippers and other pharma logistics stakeholders are launching 5 projects. The projects will include; a Shippers Advisory Group; an IATA CEIV Pharma shippers validation; an airside transport benchmark; certified pharma lanes & identification of performance indexes and dashboard; and an IATA CEIV Pharma maturity assessment.

Thanksgiving Holiday Break

The Pharma Cargo Security Coalition PCSC warns that holiday breaks traditionally has the most cargo thefts and to confirm that shipment dates coincide with your clients' open hours. Please read the PCSC's security alert or ask Unitrans for further advice.


Compliance and Trade Corner


EU Drug Regulator Moves to Amsterdam

Bloomberg reports that two London-based EU agencies have found new homes. The EU's banking authority will move to Paris and the medicines regulator will relocate to Amsterdam by the time Britain departs from the 28-nation bloc in March 2019.

FDA Remains Sole Drugs Approver

Proposed legislation in the Senate would have given the Pentagon power to approve new drugs and medical devices in emergency situations. Endpoints News reports this week that the Senate cleared and amendment that leaves the FDA's sole power to approve drugs and medical devices intact.

Missed Opportunities in Duty Management

American Shipper research shows that, for example, only a quarter of shippers use free trade zones or foreign trade zones to reduce their duty obligations. Fewer than half of shippers use instruments like temporary importation bond or duty drawback. Please read the American Shipper report or ask Unitrans for more information.

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