ABC joins Schiphol pharma initiative

Russia’s AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has become the second carrier to join the 14-member Pharma Gateway Amsterdam (PGA) initiative, which aims to improve transparency and quality in the pharmaceuticals air cargo supply chain.
ABC is certified under the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) scheme, a requirement for all PGA members. It operates 22 flights per week from Amsterdam to destinations that are significant for pharma business, including Moscow, Chicago, Shanghai and Singapore.
Henk-Jan van Keulen, country manager the Netherlands at ABC, said: “We see high potential for Schiphol to become one of our main airports for pharma flows and an initiative like PGA is considered to be of great value. Within PGA the Schiphol Cargo Community is mutually developing the required logistic chain in order to provide the shippers and consignees with the best possible product.”
Knowledge sharing sessions are a key part of PGA membership, along with support from Schiphol Cargo in obtaining CEIV Pharma certification.
Jonas van Stekelenburg, head of cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, noted: “Since launching the initiative just over 12 months ago, the tangible results across the entire pharma supply chain at Schiphol have been very satisfying to see.”

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