DHL Global Forwarding has certified seven of its airfreight stations in the USA to International Air Transport Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) in Pharmaceutical Logistics standards.
DHL began the certification process of its global stations to IATA CEIV Pharma standard in the third quarter of 2016.
Following independent audits by third parties and training courses for employees on site, Chicago was the first to be certified, with Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami and San Juan in Puerto Rico also receiving the quality label.
DHL Global Forwarding chief executive officer, David Goldberg says: “DHL Global Forwarding is one of the first freight forwarders in the U.S. Midwest region to be IATA CEIV Pharma certified.”
“We at DHL place great emphasis on improving our service quality and demonstrate through IATA CEIV Pharma Certification, that we are the right partner for transporting vital and temperature sensitive products.”
DHL Global Forwarding enhances transportation and storage quality levels of pharmaceutical goods and the DHL Air Thermonet station exceeds usual quality standards.
The cloud-based IT platform LifeTrack offers transparency by offering shipment tracking but also enabling intervention during the supply process around the clock 365 days a year.
DHL global head of temperature management solutions and CEO of LifeConEx at DHL Global Forwarding, David Bang says: “As a company that complies with these important global baseline IATA CEIV standards, DHL Global Forwarding can ensure its pharmaceutical customers we are working alongside of the aviation industry to safeguard their products with the highest integrity.”
The Chicago station comprises of 491,000 square feet of office and warehouse space and contains two temperature controlled chambers for +15-25C and +2-8C that offer close to 10,000 square feet and a 999 square foot ambient receiving area, built with variable temperature capabilities to process any pharmaceutical, biotech or medical devices that require a temperature control environment, and two dedicated truck docks.
DHL offers a wide-ranging product portfolio covering for time and temperature sensitive airfreight shipments at its Air Thermonet locations.
At the Chicago station, temperature sensitive shipments are handled and the door-to-door courier service ‘Life Sciences graded Speciality Courier’ is offered for special demands of the industry.
DHL also offers the ‘Medical Express’ service with a fixed delivery time and ‘DHL Clinical Trial Logistics’ for clinical studies including transporting trial medication, auxiliary materials and lab kits.