DHL and AA Cargo give pharma training

DHL and American Airlines Cargo are providing training for shippers of pharmaceuticals in the run up to the US 100 per cent cargo screening deadline in August.

The training includes discussion on how to become a certified cargo-screening facility (CCSF). Facilities that volunteer to participate in the certified cargo-screening programme (CCSP) will be able to tender cargo directly to a passenger air carrier or freight forwarder.

Both companies already hosted one training session, in Dallas, Texas, at the beginning of the year that focused on the operational flow of cargo through the airline’s network, piece level screening and the impact of handling processes when the 100 per cent screening mandates take effect later this year. Customers shared concerns regarding the impact additional screening might have on timely delivery of their shipments.

“DHL’s partnership with American Airlines and the TSA is designed to provide important information to customers regarding the most efficient way to screen freight to meet the new mandates, while also meeting critical delivery deadlines,” said Gary Schultheis (right), senior vice-president airfreight DHL Global Forwarding, Americas. “As an outcome of this meeting, we strongly recommend that customers become certified to provide pre-screened shipments.”

“By putting the proper processes in place through the TSA’s CCSP, shippers can ensure that their shipments are handled most efficiently at the airport, thus avoiding delays or unpleasant surprises next August,” said Dave Brooks, president of American Airlines Cargo.

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