Brussels Airport streamlines perishables processing with renewed app

By Rachelle Harry

Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport has renewed its Perishable Management App, which facilitates the digital sharing of documents and certificates for fresh goods.

Available through the hub’s BruCloud, the updated app streamlines the inspection process for imported perishables, as well as making the process paperless.

“[An] important new feature is the automated integration of shipment data and statuses with Traces NT, the European Commission’s multilingual online platform for sanitary and phytosanitary certification,” the hub said in a statement.

“This ensures that both the forwarder and the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain the  can monitor the status of the inspection and control of the shipments in real time, which results in less administration and an even more efficient process.”

Brussels Airport added that in the future, use of the app will be extended to veterinary and other inspections.

Additionally, two border inspection posts have been opened at DSV-Panalpina Adelantex and Kuehne+Nagel’s refrigerated warehouses, thus helping the hub ensure the “smooth and efficient” transportation and inspection of perishable goods.

Brussels Airport said that for several years, it has been investing heavily to further strengthen its logistics hub BruCargo.

“After the completion of new warehouses on the west side of BruCargo earlier this year, the perishables infrastructure of two airport partners there is now operational,” the hub said.

Kuehne+Nagel expanded its extensive KN FreshChain network with the airport’s BruCargo facility comprising 3,000 sq m of temperature-controlled warehousing spaces for the unloading, handling and storage of these goods and 730 sq m of covered outdoor space, with two dedicated loading docks.

Meanwhile, DSV-Panalpina Adelantex opened its perishables centre in cooperation with ground handling agent WFS. The companies have a temperature-controlled warehouse of 2700 sq m with an additional freezer compartment for storage of goods at -20°C. The companies also have a covered outdoor area of 350 sq m and four loading docks to ensure fast flow and handling of fresh goods.

Both warehouses have direct access to the tarmac.

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