WFS adds new pharma cargo facility at Paris CDG

By Damian Brett

WFS Pharma Centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is investing €10m in a new Pharma Centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Opening in September 2019, it will be the only facility owned by a ground handler dedicated to pharmaceuticals at Paris CDG.

The Pharma Centre offers both landside and airside acceptance capabilities and will be fully GDP compliant when it opens. It will also become IATA CEIV Pharma certified, as part of an initiative launched by Group ADP within the cargo community at Paris CDG Airport.

The 2,400 sq m space is “located in the heart of CDG airport’s cargo area” and, has its own docks and manoeuvring area for the loading and unloading of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments.

The facility also includes:

  • A dedicated room for loose cargo storage at 15°C to 25°C with a capacity for 108 euro-pallets on four levels of racking. 
  • A dedicated cold room for loose cargo storage at 2°C to 8°C with the capacity to store 47 euro-pallets on the ground, and with additional racking also available. 
  • A small freezing room for loose cargo storage at -20°C capable of handling 9 euro-pallets at a time. 
  • Two temperature-controlled areas for 2°C to 25°C for cargo unit load devices with a combined capacity to store 53 P2P or 106 AKE pallets.

This investment also includes equipment and supplies for the next 10 years.

WFS said it is also investing in new digital technology systems to improve operational efficiency and shipment visibility – a new warehouse management system (WMS) supports the use of barcode scanning for real-time storage capacity monitoring and management.

“This will ensure constant tracking of shipments from the Pharma Centre to and from aircraft with time and date statements available on demand,” WFS said. “A temperature monitoring solution with a Cloud platform will collect temperature and humidity data in real-time via sensors and enable this information to be accessed on mobile devices.”

Hugo Rodrigues, vice president cargo France at WFS, said: “Pharmaceuticals continue to be one of the fastest-growing air cargo products and our airline customers have responded to this opportunity with dedicated products and services to meet this demand.

“WFS also has a vital role to play in helping our customers deliver the quality of service they have promised and in ensuring we consistently perform to the high standards required for sensitive, temperature-controlled cargoes to protect their integrity throughout the cool chain.

“At a major air cargo gateway like Paris CDG, we believe it is incumbent on ground handlers to invest in the right equipment to handle pharma products. Once again, this demonstrates WFS’ willingness to invest in new, state-of-the-art facilities when we see opportunities to benefit our customers and our own business.”

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