The International Air Transport Association at its recent meeting in Shanghai announced: Three Priorities for Air Cargo.
Harmonized handling of pharmaceutical goods: Will help support air cargo's competitiveness in this growing sector, The new initiative: The Centre of Excellence for Independent Validation in Pharmaceutical Logistics. Thankfully referred to as CEIV Pharma, readers may be familiar with the CEIV Cargo Security program which was created to help the industry comply with the requirements of the EU ACC3 security regulations. CEIV Pharma further develops this concept.
CEIV Pharma calls for carriers to review and validate their cold chain processes and provides training to guarantee compliance with all standards and applicable regulatory requirements. A number of organizations are currently working to achieve CEIV certification. In December last year, Brussels Airport coordinated with 12 businesses operating at BRU to enable CEIV certification. A wide network of certified companies and trade lanes, were independently assessed in compliance with international regulations.
The benefits of CEIV certification should instill trust and confidence with shippers that systems, facilities and trained staff are transporting and proactively managing their temperature sensitive products.
Unitrans had a discussion with the owners of the Pharmaport 360 solution. The previous owners (Cool Containers) sold the rights to this unit to AAR, who are primarily involved with aircraft parts/maintenance.
AAR expects to start manufacturing a new fleet of units starting in April 2015 at a rate of approx. 30-40 units per month. AAR does not intend to grant any carrier or freight forwarder exclusivity on this equipment.