United signs pharma ULD lease agreement

United Cargo has signed a global lease agreement with temperature controlled ULD firm Sonoco ThermoSafe.
The agreement enables United Cargo’s TempControl customers to lease PharmaPort 360 temperature-controlled bulk shipping containers directly from the airline.
Sonoco ThermoSafe says the PharmaPort 360 is the "industry’s only active temperature-controlled container" with a fully integrated, FAA-approved telemetry system.
The system provides real-time, cloud-based data, precisely synchronised with GPS location, on payload, ambient temperature and key mechanical components.
It also provides "extremely precise", long-duration +5 °C temperature control for the transport of highly valuable biopharmaceutical shipments.
United Cargo president Jan Krems said: “We are excited to offer customers the ability to lease the PharmaPort 360, a smart active packaging option, for the safe transport of health care material throughout our TempControl network of 68 certified locations.”
Christopher Day, director of global business development for Sonoco ThermoSafe’s leasing services
division, added: “With the reach of United Cargo’s TempControl network, this partnership enables the
pharmaceutical supply chain to cost-effectively ship across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, and Asia Pacific regions."
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