Schiphol’s pharma efforts rewarded

IATA presented a certificate of recognition for the airport community’s pharma efforts at the World Cargo Symposium in Abu Dhabi.
IATA senior vice president, airport, passenger, cargo and security, Nick Careen, handed over the certificate to Schiphol cargo director to Jonas van Stekelenburg in recognition of Schiphol’s support for its Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) programme.
IATA’s global head of cargo Glyn Hughes commented: “The European freight market is one of the largest in the world, accounting for close to a quarter of total global trade.
“Having Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Europe’s third largest freight airport, and Air Cargo Netherlands, one of the region’s largest operators, support the CEIV Pharma Program is a significant boost for meeting shippers’ expectations in terms of standardisation and transparency across the supply chain in the region.
“We thank them for their support and for taking the industry one step closer to having a global standard for transporting pharmaceuticals in place.”
Pharma Gateway Amsterdam (PGA) was formed a year ago to provide a transparent and qualified pharma air cargo supply chain. To become PGA members, organisations must gain CEIV certification, with support and guidance throughout the process.
All 13 members of PGA are now working to develop an ‘early warning system’ for pharma shippers who are asking for clarity in the pharma supply chain.
Jonas van Stekelenburg said: “It makes perfect sense that all PGA members become IATA CEIV -certified. IATA understands exactly what to look at when assessing the quality of the pharma supply chain, and receiving the accreditation assures our customers that at Schiphol, they are receiving the highest quality service.”
The 13 members of PGA are Cyberfreight, GEFCO, VCK Logistics, Yusen Logistics, Swissport, Dnata, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), Air France-KLM, De Jong Special Services, Jan de Rijk Logistics, Nouwens Breda, DJ Middelkoop, and SGS.

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