Changi launches new pharma community

Changi Airport has launched a new pharma community that will work towards improving the local supply chain’s ability to handle pharmaceutical air cargo.
As well as the airport group, the Pharma@Changi initiative includes Bollore Logistics, CEVA logistics Singapore, DHL Global Forwarding, dnata Singapore, Expeditors Singapore, Global Airfreight International, SATS, Schenker Singapore and Singapore Airlines Cargo.
The nine companies have all achieved the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators Certification for Pharmaceutical Handling.
The companies will jointly pursue the best standards in pharmaceuticals handling, and will promote Singapore Changi Airport as a pharmaceuticals air cargo hub in the region.
Changi Airport Group’s managing director for air hub development Lim Ching Kiat said: “The new Pharma@Changi initiative aims to further solidify the partnership among air cargo players at Changi Airport in strengthening Singapore’s capabilities, by jointly pursuing the best standards in pharmaceuticals air cargo handling.
"Over the last three years, pharmaceutical cargo has consistently ranked among the top five cargo types transported via airfreight globally, in terms of total value. In the first eight months of 2017, Changi Airport handled more than 15,500 tonnes of pharmaceutical cargo.”
Singapore Airlines Cargo president Chin Yau Seng said: "As part of this initiative, we endeavour to deepen our collaboration to achieve the highest standards of pharmaceutical handling, while upholding a reliable cool-chain network which extends beyond the Singapore hub, to Asia Pacific and the rest of the world. In addition, we will remain active in adopting new technology to meet customer needs."
Changi Airport handled a record 1.97m tonnes of cargo in 2016. At Changi Airfreight Centre, more than 300,000 sqm of temperature-controlled facilities (dnata Coolchain and SATS Coolport) with multi-tiered zones and individual cold rooms are equipped to handle temperature-sensitive cargo.
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