Changi aims for IATA CEIV Pharma certification

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Changi Airport Group (CAG) is aiming to become the first Asian airport to attain International Air Transport Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators on Pharmaceutical Handling (CEIV Pharma) certification.

Six companies in the supply chain will undergo the certification programme with cost support measures and training sessions, with the help of grants from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency. The companies undergoing CEIV are Singapore Airlines Cargo, dnata Singapore, Global Airfreight International, Expeditors Singapore, CEVA Logistics Singapore and Schenker Singapore.

CAG executive vice president air hub & development, Yam Kum Weng says: “Through the IATA CEIV Pharma certification programme, CAG and our partners go one step further by taking a proactive approach in enhancing our cold chain handling capabilities to better serve the pharmaceuticals industry, further strengthening Changi’s position as a major cargo hub in the world.”

In 2015, Changi Airport handled 1.8 million tonnes of cargo, and during the year pharmaceutical volumes increased by 45 per cent year-on-year.