Panalpina beats the market in 2013

11 / 04 / 2014

  • Peter Ulber, chief executive of Panalpina

    Peter Ulber, chief executive of Panalpina

PANALPINA increased its airfreight business by three per cent last year, beating the market’s one per cent growth.

It transported some 24,000 tonnes more, reaching an annual total of 825,000 (2012: 801,000].

At the same time, increasing competitive pressure led to gross profit per tonne decreasing by approximately two per cent.

In total, gross profit realized through airfreight services posted a small increase of 0.5 per cent to US$720 million in 2013.

The Swiss company has an expanding network of 500 branches in more than 70 countries and partners in 90 additional countries.

One of the big contributors to its growth is the movement of temperature-controlled goods which now make up around one fifth of the freight shipped by Panalpina.

“Pharmaceuticals products are a key part of this. Sensors are used to measure the temperature of this sensitive cargo from the moment of pick-up to final delivery,” says a statement.

Panalpina’s internally controlled airfreight network, which includes two B747-8F freighters, forms the heart of this specialism. The latest technology allows the freight to be monitored proactively throughout the entire cool chain, including all control and documentation functions.

“In the past few years, Panalpina has grown into a market leader in temperature-controlled freight. It has established a door-to-door proactive monitoring, control and documentation system for temperature-sensitive cargo,” the statement adds.

Special airfreight containers with active or passive cooling stabilise the temperature of the medicines during flight. Panalpina’s two freighters offer five adjustable, controlled-temperature zones.

In 2013, the Panalpina Group generated 40 per cent of its gross profit from airfreight, 32 per cent from ocean and 28 from logistics.