SIA Cargo is Asia-Pacific’s first carrier to achieve CEIV Pharma certification
12 / 01 / 2017
Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo) has become the first airline in the Asia-Pacific to be awarded IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification.
SIA Cargo president Chin Yau Seng said: “We are acutely aware of the important role that these shipments play in serving the broader community, and hope that this certification will give our ultimate customers additional assurance and comfort that these shipments, which are often life-saving, are in good hands.”
Glyn Hughes, IATA global head of cargo, said: “The Asia-Pacific freight market is the largest in the world, accounting for close to 40% of total global trade. Having SIA Cargo, one of the region’s largest operators, achieve CEIV Pharma Certification is a significant boost not only for the airline’s customers but also the region.”
Hughes added: “IATA has created CEIV Pharma to help airlines, handlers and forwarders to be compliant with international regulations and to create one global standard for transporting pharmaceuticals.”
As SIA Cargo manages the cargo capacity on passenger flights operated by Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot, this award also means that the networks of all these airlines, which together cover over 100 destinations, are now CEIV Pharma certified, said Chin Yau Seng.
SIA Cargo is part of the pioneer group of six companies supported by Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) as the first airport community in Asia to undergo the IATA CEIV Pharma Certification.
The CEIV Pharma community, which is comprised of at least one company from each segment of the air cargo supply chain, is required to undergo training as well as to meet the requirements set out by IATA.
SIA Cargo and CAG are also members of Pharma.Aero, a global independent association which aims to foster collaboration between CEIV Pharma certified airport communities dedicated to developing and leading the handling of pharmaceutical products.