PANALPINA are planning for growing demand in the temperature controlled freight market.
In the first half of this year 20 per cent of Panalpina’s air cargo moved on its Luxembourg-Huntsville route was temperature-controlled.
The vast bulk of this cargo is shipped by the healthcare industry, but growing demand for temperature-controlled shipping can also be observed in other industries according to the carrier.
The products being moved in temperature-controlled environments include chemical pre-products, dangerous and hazardous substances, high-tech wafers, printing machines and prototype vehicles as well as pharmaceuticals.
Panalpina’s new flagships, two wet-leased Boeing 747-8 Freighters, mark the latest investment in building a network christened ‘PanCool’.
As part of the company’s ‘PanCool’ initiative, Panalpina has established a “door-to-door proactive monitoring, control and documentation system” for temperature sensitive cargo.
“We’ve invested heavily in technology, equipment and training of staff,” says Thomas Berger, Panalpina’s global head of industry vertical healthcare.
“We listened very closely to our customers and turned their recommendations into workable and auditable processes and we’ve gained a lot of experience with thousands of temperature-controlled shipments.
“All this has helped us to achieve very stable and reliable results, but it is also part of the explanation why every fifth kilogram moved on specific Panalpina routes is temperature sensitive cargo.”