WFS to offer pharma trucks to transport goods to Paris CDG

By Rachelle Harry

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has signed partnerships with trucking companies that will help it maintain the cold chain for temperature-sensitive goods being moved to Paris CDG Airport from the French provinces.

The move comes as the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines continues.

The temperature controlled trucks will move the goods from Bordeaux, Mulhouse, Lyon and Strasbourg to WFS’ pharma hub at Paris CDG Airport.

Trucks being used on the routes can hold and transport 23 Euro pallets at temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the service from Lyon can move goods between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Laurent Bernard, WFS’ vice president of cargo, France, commented: “WFS has launched these services to support the development of our airline customers’ growing pharmaceutical volumes in these provinces. Having already made a significant investment in a world class pharma facility in Paris, these vehicles extend our temperature-controlled handling services into more regions of France and will help our customers gain a bigger share of the pharma markets in these areas by enhancing the integrity and visibility of cold chains.”

WFS added that its pharma facilities — in Copenhagen, Cork, Dublin, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Miami, New York JFK and Paris CDG — are IATA CEIV or Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certified or compliant. 

Features of its pharma hubs include: specialist pharma handling teams; real-time temperature monitoring; temperature excursion alarms; transportation management systems, warehouse management systems and GPS connectivity for shipment visibility; active temperature-controlled container handling; temperature-controlled trucks, trailers and dollies; landside and airside acceptance areas for pharma goods; and CCTV monitoring and alarm systems.

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